Biggest free agent currently on the market, Deandre Ayton will soon be fixed on its future. The pivot accepted a four-year, $133 million offer to the Indiana Pacers, by Adrian Wojnarowski. The Phoenix Suns have two days to make a crucial choice.
Because of his statuslimit“, the front office has indeed the possibility of aligning itself with the offer of the Pacers. However, it seems unlikely that this will happen, insofar as the management does not apparently intend to pay him the maximum. His future salary, offered at $ 33.25 million annually, seems too important in the eyes of Phoenix.
Ayton was already eligible for a five-year, $177 million extension in 2021. About $2 million more per season than what Indiana is offering him. He and his team had then failed to find a compromise, thus demonstrating the limits of management. Their relationship would also have worsened this season, a situation further complicated by his return.
Now that the pivot has accepted an offer, a sign-and-trade is no longer possible. Almost, anyway. There are a few hours left before this window closes completely, from ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Myles Turner could, however, leave in one way or another to free up the course necessary for this signature. The Suns have only two options: match the offer or let their player go.
Deandre Ayton at the Pacers, an ideal fit?
For Indiana, what better than to associate Tyrese Haliburton (22 years old) to a pivot like Deandre Ayton (soon to be 24 years old)? While the first launches the alley-oops perfectly, the other does the same at the finish. With his athletic profile and experience, the interior appears to be the ideal fit for the Pacers.
Ayton is coming off a season averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds at 63.4% shooting. Despite disappointing playoffs this year, he had distinguished himself in the Suns’ run to the NBA Finals in 2021. His recruitment would certainly deserve to move Indiana’s reconstruction up a gear.
In 48 hours, we’ll know where the 2018 No. 1 draft pick will play next year. In any case, there is a good chance that it will be in a yellow jersey.
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