But one guy whose situation has piqued the interest of many in the NBA is Suns center DeAndre Ayton, who was not given a contract extension by Phoenix after team owner Robert Sarver refused to offer Ayton a maximum contract extension that would go into effect in 2022-23. That’s been enough to get front-office folks wondering if Ayton would land on the trade market. “That is definitely not the case yet,” one general manager told Heavy.com. “The Suns still have a lot of the leverage in this. But if they really don’t think the situation is going to change, then yeah, they’d have to consider maybe making a move sooner than later.”
Source: Sean Deveney @ Heavy.com
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Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
That was a pivotal 5-point swing for the Lakers. Booker botched the lob pass to Ayton, who was wide open. The Lakers push the ball the other way and Rondo drills an open corner 3 to cut the Suns’ lead to eight, 49-41, with 3:13 left in the first half. Important stretch coming up. – 11:06 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Frank Vogel says the Lakers are going with the same starting lineup with DeAndre Jordan at the 5 alongside Anthony Davis. Mentioned Deandre Ayton’s size and how “he shot 80% against us in the playoffs” as part of his reasoning – 8:17 PM