The Phoenix Suns are apparently tying up Deandre Ayton. This is the franchise’s response to the record offer from the Indiana Pacers.
Deandre Ayton will probably be on the floor for the Phoenix Suns in the coming season.
According to information from The Athletic reporter Shams Charania, the franchise from the US state of Arizona has countered the highest bid from the Indiana Pacers, who offered Ayton a four-year contract and 133 million dollars in salary.
Because Ayton was listed as a restricted free agent, the Pacers made an intensive effort to find the 23-year-old star and submitted the offer sheet.
However, the Suns had no intention of letting their centre go and reacted immediately after Ayton’s signing, thus following up within 48 hours as required.
Ayton cannot be traded for the time being
The Suns did not want to offer Ayton a maximum contract of five years, which is why he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2026.
Ayton also cannot be traded until Jan. 15, 2023, and can decline trades for one year. He also cannot be traded to the Pacers for one year.
The offer to Ayton goes down in the NBA history books. So far, the record deal is with Otto Porter Jr, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets for $107 million in 2017 before the Washington Wizards followed suit.
But here, too, the other team followed suit with the Washington Wizards.