The Phoenix Suns gave a horrendous performance in an elimination game against the Dallas Mavericks last night — ending their time in the NBA playoffs. Today, it shouldn’t be too hard to find Deandre Ayton sign-and-trade proposals on the internet.
After all, Ayton logged just 17 minutes in what was deemed an “internal decision”. Arguably, the Suns could have used more time from him. After all, any time you lose a game by a final score of 123-90, it’s fair to assume you could have done something differently.
Ayton’s future with the Suns was already in question. The team declined to extend his rookie contract over the course of this season. Now, the recent number one pick is hitting Restricted Free Agency just as his relationship with the team appears to be fracturing.
It’s an interesting position that many teams will be monitoring. At 23 with ample playoff experience, Ayton could be an appealing proposition for rebuilding teams and contending teams alike.
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It feels likely that someone will offer him a substantial contract, and it’s unclear whether the Suns would match it.
If they have their way, they might prefer a sign-and-trade. Here are three such arrangements that would land Ayton on the San Antonio Spurs.