Chris Paul not considering retirement after NBA Finals loss
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) reacts as he walks off the court following the game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of the 2021 NBA Finals. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Suns star Chris Paul not considering retirement after NBA Finals loss to Bucks

As the Milwaukee Bucks celebrated their first NBA title since 1971 following a 105-98 Game 6 win over Phoenix, Suns star Chris Paul made it clear that he has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

"It will take a while to process this or whatnot, but it's same mentality," Paul said, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "Get back to work. I ain't retiring, if that's what you're asking. That's out. So, back to work."

Paul finished Game 6 with 26 points, five assists and two rebounds. It was his most productive game since Game 1 of the NBA Finals when he scored 32 points with nine assists and four rebounds. 

The 16-year NBA veteran averaged 19.2 points, 8.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds this postseason. He was easily one of Phoenix's best players, putting the Suns on his back on several occasions.

With the offseason now underway, Paul has a $44.2 million player option to consider for the 2021-22 season. According to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, the 36-year-old will likely decline his player option and become a free agent to possibly land a multiyear deal close to $60 million. 

In his postgame press conference, Paul didn't seem too concerned about his player option, telling reporters, "I think everything will take care of itself."

Although the Suns didn't accomplish the ultimate goal, they have a lot to be proud of this postseason. Phoenix finished the playoffs 14-8 after taking over the NBA during the regular season with 51 wins. 

While the loss is tough to swallow right now, Paul said he knows the Suns have what it takes to come back and fight for another title next season. 

"Everybody in that locker room knows we had enough, but it wasn't enough," Paul said. "So, we got to figure it out. I think for me, I just look at myself and figure out how can I get better, what I could have done more and make sure I come back next season ready to do it again."

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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