Report: Chris Paul Underwent Surgery on Wrist Injury, Be Ready for Training Camp

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 2, 2021

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA second-round playoff series Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Point guard Chris Paul underwent left wrist surgery but is expected to be healthy for training camp, per Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated.

"Paul had the wrist surgery recently after the NBA Finals, the source said," Spears wrote. "The 36-year-old was seen wearing tape on his left wrist during the 2020 NBA Finals."

Paul also missed the first two games of the Western Conference Finals for the Phoenix Suns after being placed in the health and safety protocols. He told reporters after returning for Game 3 that "s--t happens, and it did," about testing positive for COVID-19. 

Outside of that eight-day absence, Paul was able to stay healthy for the Suns all season in their run to the NBA Finals. The 11-time All-Star only missed two games during the regular season. He had a profound impact on the franchise since being acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder in November. 

Phoenix earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 51-21 record. Paul averaged 16.4 points on 49.9 percent shooting, 8.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game in 70 starts.

Paul reportedly will return to the Suns on a four-year, $120 million contract in free agency, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.