Deandre Ayton expected to get a max contract in free agency

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Talkin’ NBA: “Deandre Ayton is going to get a max contract in the marketplace somewhere… There are a lot of teams lining up to figure out: how can we acquire him?” — @Adrian Wojnarowski on where things stand between Ayton & the Suns “NBA Today” #NBATwitter #ValleyProud
Source: Twitter @_Talkin_NBA

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix #Suns: Monty Williams says he and Deandre Ayton haven’t talked 1-on-1 since ‘internal’ Game 7 #NBAPlayoffs azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral5:32 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
“That was savagery on a whole other level.”
@Logan Murdock and @Bell19Raja revisit the moment from Game 7 when Luka cooked Deandre Ayton: https://t.co/Sqid9MVViI pic.twitter.com/MA7gehC69d5:07 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns coach Monty Williams said “Deandre’s situation is something we’ll deal with in the summer” when asked if Ayton is part of their long-term future. #NBAPlayoffs2022 #NBAPlayoffs2:46 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams stuck to the ‘internal’ stance on what happened with him and Deandre Ayton in Game 7, but said he hasn’t talked to Ayton 1-on-1 since the game.
Said he’s talked the team, but he also said he made a decision not to put Ayton back in as game got out of hand. #Suns2:39 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams said he and Deandre Ayton have not spoke in a 1-on-1 fashion since he took him out of the game last night. Williams addressed the team as a whole today. – 2:37 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams said he and Deandre Ayton did not talk about what happened after Game 7. He talked to the team today, but not DA personally – 2:35 PM

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: @Kevin Arnovitz on the Mavs humiliating the Suns, CP3 and Booker’s G7 duds, LUKA, what’s next for Phoenix, fake Ayton trades, and Warriors-Mavs deep dive preview. Then @Brian Scalabrine on BOS outlasting Giannis, Heat-Celtics preview:
Apple: apple.co/3wqszMi2:01 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Questions about Deandre Ayton’s ‘character’ and ‘attitude’ prevented rookie max extension, says JJ Redick #Suns #NBAPlayoffs2022 #NBAPlayoffs azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral1:50 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Ayton’s fantastic.” JJ Redick.
“He’s OK.” Patrick Beverley.
The start of a debate between those two about Deandre Ayton. #Suns #NBAPlayoffs2022 #Mavs pic.twitter.com/7bWqo4rXDc11:54 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
5 takeaways from Phoenix #Suns’ Game 7 flop vs. Dallas #Mavericks with Deandre Ayton’s ‘internal,’ with Monty Williams Devin Booker missing and Chris Paul falling short again after being up 2-0 in series #NBAPlayoffs #NBAPlayoffs2022 #Mavs https://t.co/elgtaLYYFq via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/4SlEFJl9n410:20 AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Leaders in each statistical category in the Mavs-Suns series:
Points:
1. Luka Doncic: 228
2. Devin Booker: 164
Assists:
1. Doncic: 49
2. Chris Paul: 40
Rebounds:
1. Doncic: 69
2. D. Ayton: 57
Steals:
1. Doncic: 15
2. Mikal Bridges: 9
3-pointers:
1. Doncic: 22
2. Crowder: 16 – 10:06 AM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
/Wizards fans:
Would you explore Deandre Ayton for Kristaps Porzingis? – 10:05 AM

Lang Greene @LangGreene
Spencer Dinwiddie outscored Chris Paul, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton (who were at home) combined in a Game 7. – 9:23 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Luka in the Suns series:
— More points than Booker
— More rebounds than Ayton
— More assists than CP
— More steals than Mikal pic.twitter.com/weRy9Nh8j68:42 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Monty Williams on why Deandre Ayton only played 17 minutes: “It’s internal” nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/16/mon…8:00 AM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
This was Deandre Ayton’s last defensive possession of the game that appeared to prompt Monty to sub him out for the final time. pic.twitter.com/Bqj2w47mA91:26 AM

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Suns’ Monty Williams hints at ‘internal’ reasons for only playing Deandre Ayton 17 minutes in Game 7 loss
cbssports.com/nba/news/suns-…12:34 AM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
This week there’s gonna be a lot of stories/debates about “should Phoenix re-sign Deandre Ayton?” … that’s not really worth debating … those articles should have one word: Yes ** next topic ** … don’t let recency bias make you stupid – 12:25 AM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
So Ayton played fewer than 20 minutes due to an “internal” matter, according 2 Williams. Let me guess? He was pissed he rarely touched the ball! When he should’ve been the primary focus considering Mavs were committed 2 playing small ball and the other four Suns were dry heavin’ – 11:57 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
You better believe the Deandre Ayton sweepstakes begin with that game, too. Up to Phoenix, ultimately, if they want to pay him. But he’s a 23-year-old center that averaged 17/10 while playing good defense and largely having playoff success up until this series. He’s getting $$$. – 11:38 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
If I’m Phoenix I’m not overreacting. I’m paying Ayton, I’m bringing back the core and running it back. The one major change I make is signing someone like Ricky Rubio to limit Chris Paul’s minutes. Someone who can be the main floor general if/when he breaks down – 11:32 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
We did not hear from Deandre Ayton postgame. Unclear if the team will go through exit interviews with the media and such. – 11:11 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The five major cap space teams this offseason are the Magic, Pacers, Pistons, Spurs and Blazers. I’m guessing one of those teams throws the 25% max offer sheet at Ayton if he and Phoenix don’t agree to something first. – 11:10 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Deandre Ayton not speaking to the media tonight. – 11:06 PM

David Locke @DLocke09
The NBA is fragile.
Phoenix just went from far and away best team in the NBA all season to out in 2nd round with a seemingly significant DeAndre Ayton issue and Chris Paul on a 4 year 120 million deal – 10:53 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“His contract situation is between him and the front office. I care about him as a brother. Just making sure his mental is right…whatever happens, happens. Kind of hard to look so far in the future.” – Devin Booker on Deandre Ayton’s contract situation – 10:43 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“It’s internal.” Monty Williams when asked why Deandre Ayton only played 17 minutes. #Suns #NBAPlayoffs #NBAPlayoffs2022 – 10:30 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
On Deandre Ayton playing just 17 minutes, Monty Williams: “It’s internal.” – 10:30 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“It’s internal.”
Monty Williams’ only 2 words when asked about Deandre Ayton not playing more minutes in Game 7 tonight – 10:30 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams on Deandre Ayton only playing 17 minutes tonight: “It’s internal.” – 10:30 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Book/Bridges/Ayton first career Game 7: 22 points, 8/30 FGs. – 10:25 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Serious question, is DeAndre Ayton getting that bag this summer? – 10:16 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Now what? Coach of the year adjourned v adjusted. A quality successor must be found to relieve Paul in the near future. Ayton has not earned max investment. Bridges looked vastly overpaid for much of series, at both ends. Will Robert Sarver sell b4 investigation is completed? – 10:07 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Fair to question what the future holds for Deandre Ayton in Phoenix now. A title would’ve forced ownership to keep this group together. Withering like this in the 2nd round? DA will still want a max, but good luck convincing the front office he deserves it after this – 9:58 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
who gets a bigger contract this summer: ayton or brunson? – 9:53 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Suns had beaten this team 11 times in a row going into Game 3 of this series.
And now we’re about to get 2018 Draft slander forever… on what *may* be Deandre Ayton’s last game as a Sun pic.twitter.com/fNZdYHHy1B9:24 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
More boos after Deandre Ayton misses a pair of FTs. Suns down 35 – 9:17 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns are shooting an atrocious 24.4% from the field, going 3-of-14 from 3.
Booker is 0-for-7 for two points.
Paul 0-for-4 for one point.
Bridges 2-of-8 for four points.
Ayton 1-of-4 for 3 points, 3 fouls.
Crowder 2-of-6 for 5 points.
Wow. #NBAPlayoffs2022 #NBAPlayoffs #Mavs – 9:14 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Points at the half:
1 — Chris Paul
2 — Devin Booker
3 — Deandre Ayton
4 — Mikal Bridges
5 — Jae Crowder pic.twitter.com/xDHRMgkUip9:10 PM

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Need @Matt Williams to tell me if a team’s five starters have ever scored exactly 1 (Paul), 2 (Booker), 3 (Ayton), 4 (Bridges), and 5 (Crowder) points in an NBA half. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, what’s up @CountVonCount9:08 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
They’ve been tending negatively this whole series against the Mavericks but now don’t recognize this Suns team. At all. That had to be the worst first half they’ve played all season. Chris Paul isn’t dictating a thing. Ayton and Booker are the complete opposite of automatic. SMH – 9:00 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
At halftime, Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have combined for 6 points on 1-of-15 shooting from the field. – 8:58 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Luka outplaying all of CP3, Booker and Ayton? Ok. Suns can live with that.
but Dinwiddie????? – 8:56 PM

Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
Shocked by how shook the Suns are. From top to bottom. Ayton and Paul the worst but everyone so bad. – 8:53 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Luka Doncic: 19 points and 9 rebounds.
Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton: 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Wow. – 8:53 PM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Down 21, Ayton off floor, and never even tried to involve Booker in the play. But may I interest you in Biyombo on the block? – 8:50 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
3 fouls on Deandre Ayton, which is 2 more field goals than Ayton, Chris Paul and Devin Booker have made so far. Combined. – 8:47 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges are 2-of-18 from the field so far in Game 7. – 8:47 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Ayton 3rd foul. Comes out with 3:57 left in half.
Biyombo in. #Suns down 18. – 8:46 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Deandre Ayton just picked up his 3rd foul on another offensive foul. Bismack Biyombo will check in for him. Suns down 18 – 8:46 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Three fouls on Ayton – 8:46 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
it took until 4:21 left in the 2Q for Chris Paul/Devin Booker/Deandre Ayton to record their first made field goal combined. – 8:46 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Ayton dunk off Booker feed.
Booker gets to rim, fouled by Ayton. two fouls on Ayton.
#Suns down 43-25 as Doncic hits FTs. #NBAPlayoffs20228:46 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns force shot clock violation with 5:29 left in half. Down 16 as Ayton is called for offensive foul. #NBAPlayoffs20228:43 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are 0-for-11 from the field.
Luka Doncic is 6-for-8 and has 8 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is 5-for-7. – 8:43 PM

Brad Townsend @townbrad
That was a 10-0 Mavs before the Ayton free-throw, but it felt like it could have been 20-0. – 8:42 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Some boos from the crowd after Deandre Ayton misses back-to-back looks right in the paint. Dinwiddie hits another 3. Suns down 15 – 8:41 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Ayton misses two point blank shots the rim. #Suns down 15 with 6:30 left in half as Dinwiddie again from 3. #NBAPlayoffs2022 #NBAPlayoffs
Doncic checks in with 6:24 left in half. – 8:41 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton: combined 0-11 from the floor. – 8:41 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
How was Ayton spooked inside there?? – 8:40 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Ayton checking back in after getting only one shot off in first quarter. Mavericks have done a great job keeping the ball out of his hands inside – 8:40 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Zero field goals for Ayton, Booker and Paul in the first quarter. – 8:26 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Landry Shamet and Cam Johnson in for Chris Paul and Jae Crowder.
Biyombo checking in I assume for Ayton.
Shamet corner 3.
Dinwiddie answer 3. #Suns down eight. – 8:17 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka Doncic starts the game with a fadeaway in the paint over Deandre Ayton and a step-back 3 from the corner. Mavericks up 5-3 two minutes in. – 8:05 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Doncic got Ayton on a switch,
Fadeaway good. #Suns down 2-0. – 8:03 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: Bullock, DFS, Powell, Brunson, Doncic
Suns starters: Bridges, Crowder, Ayton, Booker, Paul
7:02 tip @theeagledallas7:39 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Same starters for both teams
Suns: Paul, Booker, Bridges, Crowder, Ayton
Mavs: Brunson, Doncic, Bullock, Finney-Smith, Powell – 7:33 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
I think Phoenix wins tonight BUT it’s going to have to be because of the young guys, not CP3.
People already being weird about the Year 17 point guard lol… I’m looking at Book, Bridges, Ayton. They have to come through on their levels. It’s their time – 6:59 PM

More on this storyline

Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams said DeAndre Ayton was fine today. Wasn’t a regular practice but he says he’s fine after taking that shoulder to the face last night -via Twitter @GeraldBourguet / April 18, 2022

Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams said Deandre Ayton tweaked his ankle a bit last night like he did in Detroit, though it’s nowhere near as serious. Suns are resting 4 starters because of things that have “piled up on them” at this time of year -via Twitter @GeraldBourguet / April 6, 2022

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