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Chris Paul was released Wednesday night from Phoenix and became a free agent. The veteran point guard has no intention of hanging up his shoes and hopes to fight for a championship next season, according to reports in the United States. Brian Windhorst of ESPN claims that "he's most likely to land in Los Angeles, or the Lakers or the Clippers. Both teams need a point guard, the two starting point guards are free agents — DeAngelo Russell and Russell Westbrook."
However, according to Windhorst, there is also the possibility that Paul will play next season in Phoenix. Yes, you read that right. "This cannot be ruled out," he said. "It could be a deal like they do in the NFL, where they pay him part of his previous contract and then bring him back for a lesser salary. Either way, I'd bet on Phoenix or Los Angeles."
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Paul played the last three seasons in Phoenix and averaged 13.9 points, 8.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds this past season. The veteran point guard has two more years left on his four-year, $120 million contract.
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