Deandre Ayton Returning to Suns on 4-Year, $133M Contract After Pacers Offer

By: The Trend Wire

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The Phoenix Suns are taking a backward step. Deandre Ayton will now stay in Phoenix as the franchise decided to match the four-year,

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 $133 million offer sheet he signed with the Indiana Pacers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium on Thursday.

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It made sense for a team that had advanced to the NBA Finals two years prior, was the top seed in this year's Western Conference playoffs, and might lose a crucial player without getting much in exchange.

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Phoenix is obligated to match the offer sheet, which means Ayton cannot be traded until January 15 and will have a full year to veto any suggested deals.

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Last season, Ayton, 23, averaged 10.2 rebounds and 17.2 points per game, forming a truly potent pick-and-roll tandem with Chris Paul. 

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The Suns' former first-round choice in the 2018 NBA draught has established himself as a reliable offensive weapon and a passable defender, but one who has outstanding rim-protection skills.

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However, it is obvious that the Suns did not think he was a player deserving of a max contract because they did not extend him one before to this past season

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However, the Suns were forced into a corner once Ayton discovered such an offer as a restricted free agent with the Pacers.We'll have to wait and see how long this cooperation lasts.

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Ayton's substitution from the team's Game 7 rout defeat to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Semifinals

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Ayton's substitution from the team's Game 7 rout defeat to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Semifinals early in the third quarter raised concerns about an internal conflict between the centre and head coach Monty Williams.

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Williams reacted to questions from reporters about the situation by saying merely, "It's internal," even though Ayton only played 17 minutes in the game.

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Additionally, Jake Fischer of B/R claimed in late May that there "Ayton is not a special favourite of Phoenix's head coach, according to persistent word from league sources with knowledge of the issue

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extending back to the trade deadline. Ayton's decreasing attention, which some sources contacted by B/R claimed was frequently reflected by the ebbs of his playing time, is allegedly the cause of Williams' complaints."

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A potential split between the two parties wouldn't be the biggest surprise, as Fischer also highlighted in that article that the Suns "quietly gauged his trade value in February."

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But for now, Ayton is still in Phoenix, and the Suns—typically a team that hasn't spent a fortune to field a competitive squad—find themselves approximately $15 million into the luxury tax.

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For these Suns, the future is uncertain.