Deandre Ayton stays with Suns, who matched Pacers’ offer

Deandre Ayton will ultimately stay with the Phoenix Suns. The franchise, first in the Western Conference last season, aligned Friday with the offer of a record contract of 133 million dollars over four years proposed by the Indiana Pacers to the Bahamian pivot, according to the American channel ESPN. The Suns had until Saturday to match the offer to Deandre Ayton under his so-called restricted free agent status, but they immediately moved to keep him on their roster.

Deandre Ayton’s new contract implies in particular that he cannot be exchanged before next January 15, and that he can veto any transfer until the end of the next season, in the summer of 2023. of the pivot in the Suns workforce complicated a possible arrival in Arizona of Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant, who caused shock waves throughout the North American league by requesting his transfer on June 30.

Moreover, Deandre Ayton comes out of a fairly mixed season with 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds on average, 63.4% shooting. If the Suns finished at the top of the Western Conference, the pivot made disappointing play-offs, and his team was eliminated in the second round, a year after reaching the NBA Finals.

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