3 Bold Sign-And-Trade Ideas Involving Suns’ Deandre Ayton

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After following up an NBA Finals run with a league-best 64-18 season, it’s hard to envision the Phoenix Suns parting with a core member. Still, rumors persist that they may do just that.

The team declined to extend Deandre Ayton this season, which has lent itself to speculation. The merits of handing out a max contract to a fairly traditional big man in 2022 are debatable. Ayton’s ability to impact a game is not.

How far the Suns advance in this year’s playoffs may play a role in the Suns’ decision-making process. Ayton is a restricted free agent, so the Suns control his short-term fate. They can match any offer he receives.

At first glance, retaining him feels like a no-brainer. On the other hand, Devin Booker’s current injury could lead the team to a disappointing first-round exit. Chris Paul, as effective as he remains, has to be nearing retirement at 36.

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Finally, between Booker, Mikal Bridges, and Cam Johnson, this roster is getting expensive. Could the Suns be operating with a one-year title window?

If their front office thinks so, here are 3 sign-and-trade deals involving Ayton to consider

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