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Suns lock up their guards: Chris Paul re-signs for four-years, Cameron Payne back as well

2021 NBA Finals - Phoenix Suns v. Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 20: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns looks on during Game Six of the 2021 NBA Finals on July 20, 2021 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Phoenix Suns have locked up the point guard that took them to the NBA Finals this season.

As had been expected, Chris Paul re-signed with the team, but on a four-year deal that could be worth up to $120 million, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Paul’s agents had been shooting down other teams calling about his availability, there was never any question he was returning to the Suns. The question was always the money, and the potential of a fourth year was a surprise — he could only sign that with the Suns due to the over 38 rule (Paul is 36). It remains to be seen what the options on that final year (team or player) and incentives to be met are.

Paul averaged 16.4 points and 8.9 assists a game last season, earning All-NBA honors. However, more important than that to the Suns was his role as a mentor and leader in the locker room that pushed Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, and more.

Paul struggled in the Finals, but that was in part due to a wrist injury that required surgery, which CP3 had this week, reports Marc Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated. He will be ready to go for training camp.

While CP3 returning to the Suns was a lock, that was not the case with his free agent backup Cameron Payne, who increased his value with his postseason play. However, the Suns locked Payne up as well.

That deal looks like a steal for the Suns. Payne was a bolt of energy for the Suns off the bench last season, playing at a high pace and averaging an efficient 8.4 points a game. Payne could be the point guard of the future in the Valley of the Sun, and they have locked him up on a team-friendly deal.