Suns to engage in sign-and-trade talks for Deandre Ayton?

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What seems clear, with less than three weeks to go until free agency commences June 30, is that Phoenix is increasingly expected to engage in serious sign-and-trade talks centered around Ayton, with external skepticism only rising regarding the Suns’ willingness to make a hefty long-term investment in their center.
Source: Marc Stein @ marcstein.substack.com

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
28 and 13: Why Damian Lillard should have ‘interest in playing’ with Deandre Ayton (w/video) #Suns #Blazers #RipCity azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral2:16 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Deandre Ayton trade talk … PLUS the potential return of underhanded free-throwing to the NBA … AND a Myles Turner update … all in my weekend roundup of around-the-league intel: marcstein.substack.com/p/a-weekends-w…12:00 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
ICYMI: 5 things Phoenix #Suns, Deandre Ayton should do if they put differences aside and stay together (w/video) azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral12:17 AM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
New series I’ll be working on this offseason – 2022 free agents.
The first write-up is on restricted free agent Deandre Ayton: projectspurs.com/2022-free-agen…
– Financial aspects of a deal
– Ayton on offense
– Ayton on defense – 3:07 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
5 things Phoenix #Suns, Deandre Ayton should do if they put differences aside (w/video) azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral11:23 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Throw Atlanta Hawks in rumor mix for center Deandre Ayton nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/12/thr…9:24 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Friday: 5 things Phoenix #Suns should do if they sign-and-trade Deandre Ayton
Sunday morning: What are five things the Suns and Ayton should do if they stay together? azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral11:29 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
5 things Phoenix #Suns should do if they sign-and-trade Deandre Ayton (w/videos) azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral5:56 PM

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Who is the most prominent player likely to switch teams this offseason? I fumbled for the answer when I was asked on the spot, but I’ve since borrowed the excellent framing of the question in question for use when I speak with representatives from other teams. The name most cited when I ask: Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton. It’s Ayton ahead of Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Detroit’s Jerami Grant, Atlanta’s John Collins and Toronto’s OG Anunoby, as well as the stars whose current teams can significantly outbid the field in free agency, most notably Chicago’s Zach LaVine and Washington’s Bradley Beal. -via marcstein.substack.com / June 13, 2022

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