The Pacers give the maximum to Ayton: it all depends on the Suns

DeAndre Ayton (23, born in the Bahamas) already has his offer: the Pacers offered the center of the Suns a historic record of 133 million for 4 seasons. Now, the ball is in Phoenix’s court, which has 48 hours to meet the bid-equalizing deadline. The reason for this possibility is that Ayton is a restricted free agent, so the last team he was on (in this case the Suns) has the option to match any offer they make their player yet (at least until the expiry of the term). If he did, he would be detained in Arizona.

Within the NBA, there are many doubts that the Suns will match Ayton’s offer and in the event the emerging star accepts the offer, the option of a sing and share, a possibility raised by some sources. The Phoenix team was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by Luka Doncic’s Mavericks after a 64-win season and being considered by the majority as the ringside favorites. Jafter the surprising farewell, forged in a seventh home game in which they received a sovereign beating (123-90), leaks about the bad vibes within the entity flourished. Analysts pointed to coach Monty Williams and the level shown by star Chris Paul, as well as Devin Booker’s listlessness at times. But Ayton’s strained relationship with his yet-to-be coach has also been made public.

The Bahamian center was picked first in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Suns and ahead of more established generational peers in the League today such as Luka Doncic or Trae Young. This season he’s averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per night, but the feeling is he’s not done exploding.. Against the Mavs, it fell to 15.7 and 8.1, although many pointed to Monty Williams’ tactics and the few balls the center received near the edge. Somehow, it looks like the relationship is not good and the commitment between the player and the franchise may be broken. The news also indicates that the Pacers will let go of their current center, Myles Turner. Of course, everything depends on the Suns.

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