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NBA: The Suns keep Deandre Ayton after matching an offer of 133 million dollars

LThe Suns retain Deandre Ayton after matching the Pacers' four-year, $133 million offer for the center. The Phoenix franchise, which had not shown


LThe Suns retain Deandre Ayton after matching the Pacers’ four-year, $133 million offer for the center. The Phoenix franchise, which had not shown any interest in renewing the number 1 in the 2018 draft, had until this Saturday to match the proposal from Indiana. .

That the Suns have retained Ayton does not mean that they have him for the future, only that they cannot trade him until January 15. Also, they can’t put him on an exchange without his consent. This brings his name out of speculation of a possible trade with the Nets for Kevin Durant this summer.

Ayton, 24, had averages of 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds last season, shooting 63.4% from the field, though it seemed the Suns never exploited his true potential and the center transmitted bad feelings in the playoffs, when there was already talk of his possible departure. Phoenix ended up losing to the Mavericks in Game 7 and he had no minutes in the second half.