Chris Paul
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There were no expectations that Chris Paul would leave the Phoenix Suns this offseason, even though several teams, like the Pelicans and the Knicks, were reportedly interested in signing him.

Paul called his return to Phoenix an easy decision in an interview with Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today. Paul was instrumental in the Suns’ NBA Finals’ run last season.

“It was an easy decision,” Paul said. “Not only did I love the basketball aspect, I’m close to family (in Los Angeles) and Phoenix is a family, too. I’m excited to be back there…

“The thing I’m looking forward to now is our approach to the every day,” he continued. “You don’t start the season and get to automatically end up at the Finals again.

It’s another building process, and I’m excited about going through this experience with these guys because I went as far (in the playoffs) as I’ve ever been. We’ll be on this journey of something new together.”

Chris Paul and the Suns have work to do, but they have a real chance to get back in the Finals, despite the highly competitive landscape in the Western Conference this season.