The loss in the final was the fourth time that one of Paul’s teams has allowed an opponent to recover from a 2-0 deficit.
“It’s difficult,” said Paul. “Great group of guys, a hell of a season, but this one is going to hurt for a while.”
Paul has a player option to stay in Phoenix for $ 44.2 million. He can also explore free will, where his game likely earned him another lucrative long-term contact, an unlikely scenario just a few years ago.
Still fresh from the latest loss, Paul declined to disclose any future plans with reporters before making a statement.
“I’m not retiring, if that’s what you’re asking for,” he said. ” It’s finish. So back to work. “
It took a long time for the stars to finally align simultaneously and in slow motion for Paul.
On the way to the championship series, the Suns ousted a Los Angeles Lakers team with a limited Anthony Davis, a Denver Nuggets team without Jamal Murray and the Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers.
Through each series, Paul racked up a resurgent regular season worthy of nomination for the MVP award by establishing offense and completing the booker’s score.