This was not much of a surprise, as the Pacers were the only team with Spurs to make a substantial offer for Deandre Ayton. This was delayed, but two weeks after the opening of the free agencyit finally fell: $133 million in four years!
Incidentally, this is a record for a ” offer sheet ahead of the $107 million over four years that the Nets paid Otto Porter Jr. in 2017. (Wizards) have offered.
Logically, the Phoenix pivot accepted this XXL proposal from the Indianapolis leaders, meaning the Sun tanning had a choice: whether or not to fit the offer. A small dilemma, as they had to decide whether to keep Deandre Ayton despite this maximum contract, which would punish them severely financially, or whether to set up a “sign-and-trade” so as not to lose him without some consideration. .
Finally, the Arizona franchise decided not to break everything it had built for a few years, in accordance with Indiana’s proposal. Therefore, the No. 1 of the 2018 Draft will not move from where he is and most importantly, he will get this very lucrative salary that he has been looking for for several months.
On the other hand, Deandre Ayton’s “expansion” in Phoenix brings with it some conditions. It already cannot be integrated into a “sign-and-trade”. After that, he cannot be transferred before January 15, and after this date he can even veto any transfer until the end of the 2022/23 season. Finally, the Pacers won’t be able to hope to restore the soon-to-be 24-year-old interior for a year.
Suffice it to say that the future of the Bahamian will be written with the Suns… at least until the summer of 2023.
Offer sheet : a free agent protected by his team has the ability to receive and accept an external proposal. This is called a “quote sheet”. His franchise then has 48 hours to align and keep him in line. Otherwise, he switches teams.