Deandre Ayton’s new Suns deal affects Nets’ Kevin Durant talks

The record deal, Deandre Ayton signed with the Pacers on Thursday, and which was quickly matched by the Suns, certainly complicates the Nets’ continued efforts to trade superstar Kevin Durant.

Ayton, a restricted free agent, was put on a $ 133 million four-year offer schedule, and Phoenix chose, according to several reports, to lose the overall No. 1 overall 2018 NBA Draft for nothing.

Ayton is now not eligible to trade until January 15, and he has a veto on any trade thereafter in the first year of the agreement. The binding offer sheet also ruled out the possibility that he would be included in a sign-and-trade with the Pacers or a third team, which was considered the most likely path for the Suns to obtain Durant.

The Nets have been bidding on Durant since requesting a deal on June 30, but The Post reported earlier this week that there is a growing mood among league staff that one or both of Durant and Kyrie Irving would still be on Nets’ list when they trained. the camp begins in September.

Deandre Ayton
Deandre Ayton
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Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant
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The Suns finished with a league-best record of 64-18 last season before being jumped off in the second round of the playoffs by the Mavericks and their star player, Luka Doncic, who was selected as the third overall in 2018, behind Ayton and Marvin Bagley III.

Ayton’s original deal with Indiana surpasses the $ 107 million bid, Otto Porter Jr. received in 2017 from the Nets, which were matched by the Wizards. The biggest unbeatable deal for a limited free agent remains Harrison Barnes’ $ 94.4 million bid from the Mavericks in 2016.

The Pacers traded guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Celtics earlier this offseason to help create a pay rise to facilitate the acquisition of 6-foot-11 Ayton, who averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in 58 games in the last season for the Suns.

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