Having become undesirable on the side of the Suns, Deandre Ayton was going to sign elsewhere during the summer. The pivot has been waiting for more for several weeks, but the news has just fallen this Thursday evening: heading to the Eastern Conference for him, who hopes to revive.
Fans had been eagerly awaiting the Kevin Durant soap opera for a few weeks, but another star was stuck in the market: Deandre Ayton. Undesirable at the Suns, the franchise did not want to offer him a big contract during the summer, to everyone’s surprise. In place ? A trade, or rather a sign-and-trade, to attempt to recoup some consideration. Only here, Phoenix totally missed his shot.
Deandre Ayton drops the Suns, who are having it!
With Ayton being a restricted free agent, he could sign an offer in the market, giving the Suns the chance to match him. They have 48 hours to decide, and the timer has just started. Adrian Wojnarowski has just confirmed it: the pivot has signed a 133 million contract over 4 years, the maximum, to join the Pacers. Phoenix now has two days to retain the player by matching this contract, or he will leave directly.
RFA center Deandre Ayton has agreed to a four-year, $133 million maximum offer sheet with the Indiana Pacers, his agents Nima Namakian (Innovate Sports) and Bill Duffy (BDA Sports + WME Sports) told ESPN. The Phoenix Suns have 48 hours to match the biggest offer sheet in NBA history.
— Adrien Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 14, 2022
Restricted free agent Deandre Ayton has signed a 4-year, $133 million contract with the Pacers. The Suns have 48 hours to match the largest such offer in NBA history.
Indeed, it is the biggest offer signed by a restricted free agent. The proof that Ayton was wanted at the Pacers, but the Suns found themselves in a catastrophic situation now.
The Suns might have wanted with the Pacers for a sign-and-trade. Phoenix would have given a big contract to Ayton, to send him to Indiana in exchange for another player, like Myles Turner for example. Instead, Deandre dashes elsewhere without leaving anything behind. An absolutely horrible move for the Suns, at least if the franchise doesn’t match this offer:
The Suns took it out on themselves https://t.co/b9SX0acngW
— Brian Witt (@Wittnessed) July 14, 2022
The Suns looked for it well
Deandre Ayton heads east, embarrassing the Suns. Regardless of their choice, the leaders lost this case. A huge blow for Phoenix, who here loses a first draft pick against… nothing at all. A total fiasco for the front office.