It wasn’t really a surprise, since the Pacers were the only team with Spurs to be able to make a substantial offer to Deandre Ayton. This was delayed but, two weeks after the opening of the free agencyit finally fell: 133 million dollars over four years!
This is incidentally a record for a ” offer sheet “, ahead of the $ 107 million over four years offered by the Nets to Otto Porter Jr. (Wizards), in 2017.
Quite logically, the pivot of Phoenix accepted this XXL proposal from the leaders of Indianapolis, which means that the Suns had a choice: whether or not to match the offer. A little dilemma, because they had to determine if they kept Deandre Ayton despite this max contract, which would penalize them heavily financially, or if they set up a “sign-and-trade” so as not to lose him without the slightest consideration. .
Ayton cannot be transferred until mid-January…
Finally, the Arizona franchise decided not to break everything it had built for a few years, aligning itself with Indiana’s proposal. Therefore, the number 1 of the 2018 Draft will not move from where he is and above all he gets this very lucrative salary he has been looking for for several months.
On the other hand, the “extension” of Deandre Ayton in Phoenix entails some conditions. Already, it cannot be integrated into any “sign-and-trade”. Then, he cannot be transferred before next January 15 and, after this date, he can even veto any transfer until the end of the 2022/23 season. Finally, the Pacers will not be able to hope to recover the soon-to-be 24-year-old interior for a year.
Suffice to say that the future of the Bahamian will be written at the Suns… at least until the summer of 2023, and that the Kevin Durant track is in the wing…
Offer sheet : a free agent protected by his team has the possibility of receiving and accepting an external proposal. This is called an “offer sheet”. His franchise then has 48 hours to align and keep him. Otherwise, he changes teams.