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Veteran guard Chris Paul has indicated that he does not intend to retire during the upcoming offseason, despite the likelihood of becoming a free agent.

His $30 million contract with the Golden State Warriors for the 2024-2025 season is non-guaranteed, and it is unlikely that the Warriors will exercise it unless it becomes part of a trade agreement.

“I’ll talk to my wife and my kids, my family, my support system, see what it looks like,” Paul told The Athletic. “But this isn’t (the end of my career). I know it for sure.”

Head coach Steve Kerr expressed his desire to have Paul return to the Warriors for the next season.

“I haven’t thought about it,” Paul said. “I’m too in it. I was in the gym at 8 a.m. this morning, lifting and getting ready for this game. When it’s time for that, Mike (Dunleavy) and Steve (Kerr), we’ll have a conversation and see what it looks like.

“But I loved it. It’s honestly – this is my fifth year living without my family – I probably saw them more than any other year.”