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Chris Paul is thinking green.

The Suns point guard “intends to decline” his $44.2 million player option for 2021-22 to chase a bigger pay day and a multi-year deal as a free agent this summer, according to Bleacher Report.

Paul, sources told the site, is hoping to land a deal within the $100 million range over three seasons.

Despite being the nucleus of a Phoenix turnaround amid the team’s current playoff success — the Suns lead the second-round series 2-0 against the Clippers — Paul’s age could hinder his contract hopes.

He turned 36 in May, which is a possible red flag for a longterm deal, as is his injury history, especially in the postseason. Paul is currently dealing with a nagging shoulder injury in the conference semifinals.

Nonetheless, the Suns could honor his wishes after an All-Star season and a fifth-place finish in MVP voting this season.

Some league executives have projected his future deal to fall in the three-year, $60 million area, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.

Suns stars Devin Booker, Torrey Craig, and Jae Crowder, along with rising stars in Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, have all benefitted from Paul’s leadership and veteran presence.

The 11-time NBA All-Star’s veteran presence and mentorship has created a much-needed culture shift in Phoenix. How far he is able to lead the Suns could impact his decision. A $100 million contract could be more feasible if Paul is coming off an NBA championship or even a Finals run.

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Watch: Boogie Cousins shoves Devin Booker after Suns-Clippers Game 2 (Video)

Watch Boogie Cousins shove Devin Booker after an intense Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. 

While the Deandre Ayton alley-oop buzzer beater to win Game 2 for the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night will be all we can talk about, it won’t be the only thing worth mentioning at the end of the game.

No one will be shocked to know that Demarcus Cousins let his emotions boil over as he took it out his frustration with the loss in the worst possible way. In the moments following the buzzer beater, as officials huddled to check if everything that had transpired was on the level, Boogie shoved Devin Booker in a clear attempt to either start something or blow off steam.

Perhaps a little bit of both.

Boogie Cousins shoves Devin Booker after Game 2

Cousins pushed Booker at the end of the game ????

(via @SportsCenter)pic.twitter.com/vwHeDaGWq7

— FanSided (@FanSided) June 23, 2021

The Suns have no doubt been frustrating throughout the entire NBA Playoffs. Phoenix eliminated LeBron James in the first-round for the first time in his career, and then proceeded to absolutely dismantle the Denver Nuggets in four games.

Now the Suns are up 2-0 on the Los Angeles Clippers, and look poised to sweep their way to the franchise’s first NBA Finals appearance since the early 90s.

Thankfully nothing much became of the situation the Boogie Cousins was trying to start. Booker backed off, left the court and celebrated with his teammates — who even took time to FaceTime Chris Paul into the celebratory festivities.

Whether or not the league takes action in regard to the Boogie Cousins shove is another thing entirely. A fine seems the most likely route, assuming punishment is handed out. Suspending Cousins seems harsh for what was just a shove, despite how inappropriate and malicious it was.

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