Deandre Ayton ‘Going To Get A Max Contract Someplace’
Deandre Ayton will probably be a restricted free agent this offseason after the Phoenix Suns have been unable to signal him to an extension.
“Going into this season, Deandre Ayton didn’t really feel valued by this Phoenix group,” stated Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday. “They weren’t capable of come to an settlement on a rookie extension. He noticed most of the prime gamers of his class get extensions. He needed a max deal. He wouldn’t transfer off that.
“So now he strikes towards restricted free company this summer season the place now he’ll have some extra choices. However in the end Phoenix can nonetheless match a suggestion on the market and hold him if he indicators a suggestion sheet with one other crew.”
Groups with cap house might pursue Ayton, however the Suns might additionally take part in a sign-and-trade. The way forward for Ayton with the Suns was already tenuous, however his confrontation with Monty Williams throughout Recreation 7 casts additional doubt on the state of affairs.
“You are going to have a look at the groups with cap house. As an instance for instance Oklahoma Metropolis, a San Antonio, Portland. Groups that may create sufficient cap house to exit and signal him. But in addition the discussions of a sign-and-trade…
“If Phoenix decides they need to get belongings again for Deandre Ayton. They do not need to match a suggestion sheet and both determine to pay him that max, or enable him to go away for nothing, which I believe is what they will not do. There will probably be a variety of conversations across the league.
“Deandre Ayton goes to get a max contract within the market someplace. Phoenix actually has to have a look at the allocation financially of how they need to distribute salaries.
“The connection with Monty Williams had been one of many actual advantages. I believe their skill to work collectively and construct a relationship. Will probably be fascinating how that season ended impacts this. It should actually be one of many tales of this offseason as a result of there are a variety of groups determining tips on how to purchase [Ayton].”