The Phoenix Suns have been at the center of several NBA rumors this summer. By all accounts, they could be involved in a blockbuster this summer.
Whatever they do this offseason, it won’t involve trading Deandre Ayton. They matched a max offer sheet the Indiana Pacers gave him, meaning that, as a recently extended rookie, he won’t be eligible for trade until January 15th.
That could complicate a heavily-rumored Kevin Durant deal. After all, Ayton was probably one of the best trade chips they had available to land the superstar.
It’s hard to imagine them cobbling together the assets needed to acquire him now.
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Having said that, these Suns made the NBA Finals in 2020-21. They won 64 games in 2021-22. Arguably, they don’t need to broker a blockbuster. Making a smaller move this summer could increase their already-strong title odds.
A move like, for example, acquiring Jordan Clarkson from the Utah Jazz.