This summer, Ayton will be a restricted free agent. There are ‘other teams in this league,’ he claims. Read the article for this NBA News.
Coming out of the 2021 playoffs, Deandre Ayton’s stock has never been better. His two-way interior play helped his Phoenix Suns reach the Finals, and if they could have survived the minutes he spent on the bench, they may have won the championship. He was eligible for a contract extension after the postseason, which was convenient for him.
Phoenix had already committed maximum money to Devin Booker, would shortly re-sign Chris Paul, and later in the summer, secured fellow 2018 draftees Mikal Bridges and Landry Shamet to long-term contracts, which was inconvenient for him.
Phoenix declined to satisfy Ayton’s demands since they had invested so much money in him, so he finished the season knowing he’d be a restricted free agency this summer. Unfortunately for Ayton, his season did not go as planned. The Suns were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round.
In the season-ending defeat, Ayton only played 17 minutes. Suns coach Monty Williams described the situation as “internal” when asked why. Now that Ayton is about to enter the free market. His representative has stated that he is open to alternative offers.
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“Deandre’s situation will be resolved. He’s an important player “In an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio, veteran player agent Bill Duffy stated. “There are also additional teams in the league. We’ll see how this goes because he’s a restricted free agent.”
Ayton’s summer will be a little more difficult than he’d like because of his limited status. It allows Phoenix to match any offer made by another team. While this would make it more difficult for him to leave the Suns, it is unlikely to have a financial impact. The long matching procedure has always squeezed low-end restricted free agents.
High-end restricted free agents, on the other hand, are frequently compensated in order to deter existing teams. While Duffy did not provide a financial amount for what Ayton is looking for this summer. He did confirm what was widely reported last offseason: Ayton sought a max deal.
“We are dissatisfied. We desired a maximum deal “Duffy explained. “He spent the entire year as a soldier, performing admirably and improving his numbers. As a result, we’re proud of him. Many men handle situations differently, but he handled it with maturity.”