Are Phoenix Suns reaching crossroads with restricted free agent Deandre Ayton as Indiana Pacers are looming?

Are Phoenix Suns reaching crossroads with restricted free agent Deandre Ayton as Indiana Pacers are looming?

LAS VEGAS – Indiana was the one consistent team that kept coming up at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas regarding Deandre Ayton’s future.

Sources informed The Republic over the weekend the Pacers were seriously interested in the Suns' big man.

Ayton’s agent, Bill Duffy, was watching the Pacers play the Hornets on Friday night at Thomas & Mack Center.

Now, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Monday that Indiana could sign Ayton to an offer sheet as early

as Monday and that a sign-and-trade is also possible to send him to the Pacers.

"The Indiana Pacers have probably shown of the teams outside of Phoenix,

the Indiana Pacers have shown a lot of interest in Deandre Ayton this offseason," Windhorst said.

The Pacers now have the cap space necessary to offer a max deal to Ayton after the Malcolm Brogdon trade to the Celtics became official.

The Pacers dealt Brogdon to the Celtics for center Daniel Theis, wing Aaron Nesmith

forwards Malik Fitts and Juwan Morgan, guard Nik Stauskas and a 2023 first-round draft choice.

The Suns could match the offer sheet even up to the max of four years, $131 million

Phoenix can also pay Ayton more than any team (four years, $136 million, five years, $171 million).

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