Suns don’t consider Deandre Ayton a max player

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Woj reports that the Suns are now looking to do a sign-and-trade deal for Ayton instead of letting him go as a free agent: “They’re very motivated to find a sign-and-trade deal, get some money back. assets for him,” Woj said. “They don’t value Deandre Ayton at a max contract.”
Source: Paolo Songco @ Clutch Points

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
The PDX-Det trade inevitably seems to make Phoenix worse due to the scenario of overpaying him or losing him with Ayton.
But, Portland is the king of jobs that I love at first sight and never make them better.
And, Detroit got poor value in exchange for Grant.
Lose-lose-lose – 01:01

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
“He’s my guy.” Mikal Bridges on Deandre Ayton. #Suns azcentral.com/story/sports/n… – 00:54

alexander kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Did Deandre Ayton play his last game with the Phoenix Suns? We discuss it now: twitter.com/i/spaces/1RDGl…11:30 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
“Of course, he’s my guy. They `re my best friend. I certainly don’t want him to go anywhere else.
Mikal Bridges on Deandre Ayton. #Suns10:43 p.m.

James Edward III @JLEdwardsIII
The Pistons, if they want to, could REALLY sweat Phoenix and Portland for Ayton and Simons, who are both restricted free agents. Options. – 10:36 p.m.

Jason Calmes @BourbonStShots
Earlier this summer, I was boring all sorts of group chats with what-if scenarios from Ayton to NOLA. At this point, I walked out. If you can’t make it work with Monty Williams, it’s hard for me to believe that another culture will make it work like magic. -MP- 10:12 p.m.

Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Just for information: Deandre Ayton is not there. #Suns9:36 p.m.

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
As an underdog, kind of like the Detroit-Portland trade for both teams?
If you’re always going to build around Queen (which is more debatable), you do it with big athletic wings. And the Cade-Ayton pick-and-roll would be fun, if they can actually get it. – 9:03 p.m.

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Duane Rankin @Duane Rankin
Control what you can control. Chris Paul on Deandre Ayton’s situation.
We actually saw Chris Paul, Torrey Craig, Cam Johnson, Cameron Payne, Mikal Bridges, and JaVale McGee.
So we haven’t seen Devin Booker, Ish Wainright, Ifffe Lundberg or Landry Shamet. #Suns8:45 p.m.

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
JaVale McGee said he watched the Western Conference Finals, but joked that “a single tear” rolled down his cheek while watching.
As for Deandre Ayton, McGee said DA should do what’s best for him and his family. pic.twitter.com/VecJGHtb5k8:28 p.m.

Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
Once the Pistons use their $50 million cap space to land DeAndre Ayton, it will all make sense. – 8:10 p.m.

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Johnson and Cam Payne. Johnson echoed Mikal saying Deandre Ayton is their guy and the Suns want him back as they build something special.
As for the possible extension of Cam, he leaves the process to happen on its own. Said first thing on the agenda is the DA situation pic.twitter.com/5yd2ojVdVR8:09 p.m.

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Mikal Bridges said of course he wants Deandre Ayton to stay in Phoenix. When they talked and hung out, Ayton’s RFA/basketball status didn’t come back. Called DA his best friend. – 7:52 p.m.

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Mikal Bridges said he really couldn’t control anything, so he didn’t pay too much attention to negativity or talk about free will with Deandre Ayton, but he obviously wanted him back. “Of course. He’s my guy. He’s my best friend. pic.twitter.com/6IVBGzwOHW7:50 p.m.

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Mark Dek @MarkDeeksNBA
Jaden Ivey
Cade Cunningham
Deandre Ayton
Sadiq Bey
Hamidou Diallo
Saben Lee
Isaiah Stewart
Killian Hayes (this may be more and more of a one-man fan club, but damn it, we’re still open for business)
+ some extras to be determined
….Okay, I’m listening. – 6:50 p.m.

David Hardy @clutch fans
The Pistons gathering Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and DeAndre Ayton would be quite interesting. Sacramento really should buy that 4th pick if they don’t take Ivey. – 6:49 p.m.

Eric Korean @korean
I have to think the Pistons are going to run against one of the big three restricted guys: Ayton, Bridges or Brunson – 6:31 p.m.

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Lot has changed since March (Ayton, etc.) but had @Jake Fischer on pod and he predicted we might be talking more about #Pistons than people expected with a possible Jerami Grant deal to kick things off. Also mentioned them as potential suitors for Jalen Brunson.
https://t.co/1NoqJ8adWu pic.twitter.com/Djcvgl1Xyl6:22 p.m.

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
The Pistons are now eyeing over $55 million in cap space this summer… so the winner of the Portland-Detroit trade could be DeAndre Ayton and/or Miles Brides – as the Pistons can now extend the maximum offer sheets – 6:16 p.m.

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
I feel like the Pistons are positioning themselves for free agency. I wonder if they have DeAndre Ayton in their sights. – 6:16 p.m.

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Maybe the Pistons have very specific plans for the cap space they just created? That’s the only explanation I can think of for the deal with Grant. Maybe they’re hoping this knocks Portland out of Ayton’s race? – 6:08 p.m.

david mason @DeuceMason
The Pistons need to target Ayton by clearing this whole room. GET WILD. – 6:04 p.m.

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Chris Herington @Chris Herrington
If they send Grant without taking back their salary, could they set up an Ayton offer sheet? – 6:00 p.m.

Eric Bucher @ricbucher
What’s next for the core Warriors, Kyrie Irving, Deandre Ayton and others foxsports.com/stories/nba/wh… – 3:57 p.m.

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Starting Centers on NBA Champions
Kevon Looney: $5.2 million
Lopez Creek: $12.7 million
Dwight Howard: $2.6 million
Marc Gasol: $24.1 million
JaVale McGee: $1.5 million
Tristan Thompson: $14.3 million
Andrew Bogut: $12.9 million
Tiago separator: $10.0 million
Average salary: $9.3M
Keep this in mind when chatting with Ayton max or Gobert trade. – 11:22

More on this scenario

But even before Grant was transferred to Portland, Suns officials had begun sending messages to rival teams and other outside league personnel that Phoenix wouldn’t necessarily hesitate to match a sheet. offer for Ayton, sources told B/R. With no obvious signing-and-trade piece to send back to the Suns, it’s unclear if Detroit will pursue Ayton safely in the tight free agent market. -via Laundress Report / Jun 23, 2022

Gerald Bourguet: Chris Paul on what Deandre Ayton’s approach should be this summer: “Control what you can control… That’s a good problem to have, if it’s a problem. Asked about the COVID report, Paul deflected saying ‘I haven’t seen any of that, I’m here now’ and ‘They beat us, we lost’. -Going through Twitter @GéraldBourguet / June 22, 2022

Kellan Olson: Chris Paul has said he’s going to control what he can control when it comes to Deandre Ayton’s free agency. “It’s a good problem to have, if it is a problem. For me, during all these stressful situations and such, I will try to spend as much time as possible with my family. -Going through Twitter @KellanOlson / June 22, 2022

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