- The Suns matched the four-year, $133 million supply sheet that Ayton signed with the Pacers
- Phoenix’s choice to maintain Ayton could forestall them from buying Kevin Durant
- Ayton averaged 17.2 factors and 10.2 rebounds a recreation final season for the Suns
Deandre Ayton was prepared to go away, however the Phoenix Suns merely didn’t need to see him go.
The Suns retained the agile heart when it matched the four-year, $133 million supply sheet that Ayton signed with the Indiana Pacers.
Ayton was a restricted free agent after failing to ink an extension with the Suns final summer season.
Turning 24 years previous on July 23, Ayton had a double-double common final season when he normed 17.2 factors and 10.2 rebounds a recreation.
Rohan Nadkarni of Sports activities Illustrated broke down the consequences of Ayton’s choice to stick with the Suns.
For the pundit, Ayton is an ideal match with Chris Paul and Devin Booker, and holding the trio collectively is a no brainer as it should make the staff contend for the robust Western Convention.
The Suns had a disappointing end final season once they acquired blown out on their very own dwelling ground in Sport 7 of the Western Convention semifinals towards the Luka Duncic-led Dallas Mavericks.
Nadkarni believes that Ayton will proceed to develop as a participant as he enters his prime, notably as he performs in additional high-stakes postseason video games.
“The monetary dedication is an effective signal as properly. With Ayton again, as presently constructed the Suns will likely be paying the posh tax for the primary time since 2009, an indication that possession is keen to foot the invoice essential to win a title,” he stated.
Nadkarni surmised that holding Ayton could be useful for the Suns, however it could have completely nixed their possibilities of buying Kevin Durant, who has requested a commerce from the Nets.
“Even when the Nets had been reportedly cool on Ayton as a participant—whether or not that’s actual or draft-pick posturing—a sign-and-trade involving him made numerous sense in Durant hypotheticals. As a result of the Suns matched a proposal sheet for Ayton, he can’t be traded till Jan. 15 on the earliest, and he can veto any commerce within the first yr of his deal,” he acknowledged.
“Which means he can’t be dealt this summer season, and if he will get shipped to some third staff in your favourite Durant pretend commerce, Ayton can nix that with a wave of a finger.”
The journalist additionally identified that Phoenix’s choice to maintain Ayton left the Pacers determining what to do about their frontcourt.
Myles Turner has been the topic of commerce rumors for years, however the Pacers did not get him moved.
Turner is getting into the ultimate yr of a deal price $17.5 million.
For Nadkarni, the Pacers would finally ship Turner for a pittance much like what they did to Malcolm Brogdon.
“The staff will in all probability supply some sort of help for Turner publicly sooner or later within the wake of the Ayton dalliance. Nonetheless, it’s laborious to think about Turner just isn’t one way or the other much more out there than he was earlier than this summer season,” Nadkarni ended.
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