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Suns are keen on Ayton



According to ESPN, the Phoenix Suns are retaining center Deandre Ayton, who was offered a four-year, $133 million contract by the Indiana Pacers.

The Phoenix Suns are keen on Deandre Ayton. Indeed, according to information from the American channel ESPN from this Thursday evening, the NBA franchise, based in the State of Arizona, will retain, in its workforce, its pivot, now 23 years old. However, another franchise of the prestigious Basketball League, namely the Indiana Pacers, offered the native of the Bahamas a four-year contract at 133 million dollars. The Suns had until Saturday to align themselves with this famous offer, while Deandre Ayton was then with the status of “protected free agent” and it therefore seems that they did not take longer than that, in order to keep it in their “roster”. The 2.11 meter player was the first choice of the 2018 edition of the Draft. In the Suns squad, Ayton is one of the strong men, along with veteran point guard Chris Paul and fullback Devin Booker.

A potential future Durant arrival gets complicated

Last year, the player then averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Last year, the Suns were the authors of an excellent regular season, completed with a record of 64 wins for only 18 small defeats. An exercise that followed a final in 2021, then lost against the Milwaukee Bucks (4-2). His retention in the workforce should, on the other hand, complicate more than ever a possible arrival, within this same workforce, of the star of the Brooklyn Nets, namely Kevin Durant. The latter had surprised everyone, no later than June 30, when he asked for his departure. As far as he is concerned, Deandre Ayton has, in his new contract, the possibility of vetoing any possible transfer, until the summer of 2023, the end of next season. In addition, it cannot be exchanged before January 15.

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