The report supply sheet Deandre Ayton signed Thursday with the Pacers and which was quickly matched by the Suns, actually complicates the Nets’ ongoing efforts to commerce famous person Kevin Durant.
Ayton, a restricted free agent, was inked to a four-year, $133 million offer sheet, and Phoenix opted in opposition to dropping the No. 1 total choose from the 2018 NBA Draft for nothing, based on a number of experiences.
Ayton now’s ineligible to be traded till Jan. 15, and he has veto energy on any commerce thereafter for the primary yr of the deal. The binding supply sheet additionally negated the potential for his inclusion in a sign-and-trade with the Pacers or a 3rd workforce, which was thought of the probably path for the Suns to acquire Durant.
The Nets have been fielding presents for Durant since he requested a commerce on June 30, however The Post reported earlier this week there may be growing sentiment amongst league personnel that one or each of Durant and Kyrie Irving would nonetheless be on the Nets’ roster when coaching camp begins in September.
The Suns completed with a league-best 64-18 report final season earlier than being bounced within the second spherical of the playoffs by the Mavericks and their star participant, Luka Doncic, who was chosen third total in 2018, behind Ayton and Marvin Bagley III.
Ayton’s unique cope with Indiana surpasses the $107 million supply sheet Otto Porter Jr. acquired in 2017 from the Nets, which was matched by the Wizards. The most important unmatched deal for a restricted free agent stays Harrison Barnes’ $94.4 million tender from the Mavericks in 2016.
The Pacers traded guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Celtics earlier this offseason to assist create salary-cap house to facilitate the acquisition of the 6-foot-11 Ayton, who averaged 17.2 factors and 10.2 rebounds in 58 video games final season for the Suns.
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