Deandre Ayton and Phoenix Suns fail to reach extension agreement


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Deandre Ayton and Phoenix Suns fail to reach extension agreement

Talks between the Phoenix Suns and Deandre Ayton about a rookie contract extension ended without a deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ayton was expecting a maximum contract and owner Robert Sarver has yet to offer it for the 2018 No. 1 overall pick.

Ayton, key in the Suns’ advance to the 2021 NBA Finals, has no intention of agreeing to a deal less than the maximum comparable contracts signed by several of his 2018 draft partners, including Trae Young, Luka Doncic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Michael Porter Jr. added the sources to ESPN. That position has not changed.

Ayton, 23, was eligible for a five-year, $ 172.5 million extension, which could reach $ 207 million, a deal many executives across the league expected to be completed in no time this offseason.

An important part of Ayton’s development and maturity has revolved around the relationship and trust he has built with coach Monty Williams in their two seasons together. That could be proven now.

Ayton flourished under Williams, becoming the two-way force the Suns envisioned when they selected him at No. 1 three years ago.

Ayton averaged 14.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in his third NBA season in 2020-21.


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