Rumor: Pacers could make move on Suns RFA Deandre Ayton
But maybe not for long.
There was some thought Ayton would wait to get signed-and-traded in a deal sending Kevin Durant to the Suns. But nothing appears imminent on the Durant front. So, if Ayton can get his desired max contract from Indiana, he probably shouldn’t wait for a better destination.
Myles Turner wouldn’t fit as well in Indiana if Ayton is incoming at center. Turner could replace Ayton in Phoenix. In championship contention, the Suns can’t afford just to lose Ayton. Turner’s rim protection would be welcome, and Phoenix especially values outside shooting, which Turner would also provide.
Ayton, 23, would be a fun addition to an up-and-coming team featuring Tyrese Haliburton, Chis Duarte and Bennedict Mathurin. That’d be a nice, quickly assembled young core.