Is Deandre Ayton’s era with the Phoenix Suns over soon?
Going into the offseason as a restricted free agent, the Phoenix Suns will have a big decision to make with former Wildcat Deandre Ayton.
Well once again the Phoenix Suns season ended in non-title heartbreak and this team’s future could be in jeopardy as the team weighs their roster in the balance before making any decisions regarding the staff. One of those decisions will involve Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft.
At just 23, Ayton concluded his fourth NBA season averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds en route to helping the Suns set a league-best 64-18 record. However, the Suns’ year ended with a disappointing second-round loss to Dallas, and Ayton’s season was marred by a bit of controversy.
For those who may not have known, it was clear the former No. 1 pick wanted a maximum rookie contract extension heading into the season. But as we all learned, the two sides were ultimately at odds and no deal was ever reached.
Instead, Ayton played the season as a third option for Devin Booker and Chris Paul, and he’s now entering the 2022 offseason as a restricted free agent, meaning he’s free to sign an offer with any team. The Suns will have the option to match any deal if they choose.
However, Deandre Ayton and Phoenix’s relationship is uncertain, and the former Wildcat is expected to generate a lot of interest this offseason.
Deandre Ayton enters the offseason as a top free agent, and there’s a good chance he’ll leave Phoenix. Despite the Suns’ success in the regular season, the team faltered in the playoffs, and it was evident in that playoff that all might not be good in the Valley.
In Game 7 for the Suns, Ayton scored just five points in 17 minutes played (the lowest among any Suns starter). Ayton and head coach Monty Williams also appeared to be at odds, as Ayton was retired with 20 minutes and 46 seconds left in the game.
Well, adding depth to the Ayton/Phoenix drama, Monty was asked after the game why he was playing so little, and Williams replied with “It’s internal.”
Now NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski even added that “Deandre Ayton didn’t feel valued by this Phoenix organization…Deandre Ayton is going to get a max contract in the market somewhere…There’s a lot of teams lining up to figure out: how can we get it?”
So Deandre’s future with the Suns could be in jeopardy. NBA free agency will likely begin on June 30, and we may soon hear an answer soon after. Either way, we’re interested to see how it all pans out.