NBA free agency 2022 – What’s next for the Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers following Deandre Ayton’s max bid schedule?

What does the Phoenix Suns ‘decision to match the Indiana Pacers’ max offer schedule for restricted free agent Deandre Ayton mean for them and the Pacers?

Shortly after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ayton had signed the $ 133 million four-year deal from Indiana, the Suns decided to match it without spending the full two days they had available. The move keeps Ayton in Phoenix, but limits the team’s opportunities to trade with the 2019 No. 1 overall pick.

As with any free agent who gets a raise, as Ayton did, it is forbidden for the Suns to trade with him until January 15th. For the remainder of the next year, Ayton must give consent to any trade and cannot be given to the Pacers.

Bringing Ayton back also pushes Phoenix far beyond the NBA’s luxury tax limit, a rarity for a team that last paid taxes in 2008-09, according to Spotrac.com. That could mean more changes in store for the Suns and complicate their hunt for a deal for Brooklyn Nets striker Kevin Durant, who reportedly named Phoenix a favorite destination when he requested a deal from the Nets.

Let’s break down the full implications of Thursday’s move for the Suns and Pacers.


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