The Suns do not consider Deandre Ayton a max player

Woj says the Suns are now looking to make a signing and trading deal for Ayton, instead of letting him go free: “They have a lot of motivation to find a sign-and-trade, to get some assets back for him.” , said Woj. “They do not value Deandre Ayton in a maximum contract.”
Source: Paolo Songco @ Clutch Points

What is the buzz on Twitter?

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
The PDX-Det trade inevitably seems to make Phoenix worse because of the scenario of overpaying or losing it with Ayton.
But Portland is the king of transactions that I love at face value that never makes it better.
And, Detroit got bad value in return for Grant.
Lose-Lose-Lose – 1:01 a.m.

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“This is my guy.” Mikal Bridges at Deandre Ayton. #Suns azcentral.com/story/sports/n… – 12:54 a.m.

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Has Deandre Ayton played his last game with the Phoenix Suns? We are discussing it now: twitter.com/i/space/1RDGl…23:30

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Of course, this is my guy. This is my best friend. “I definitely do not want to go anywhere else.”
Mikal Bridges at Deandre Ayton. #Suns10:43 p.m.

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
The Pistons, if they wanted to, could make Phoenix and Portland REALLY sweat for Eaton and Simmons, both of whom are limited free agents. Choices. – 10:36 p.m.

Jason Calmes @BourbonStShots
Earlier this summer, I was harassing all sorts of group threads with hypothetical Ayton to NOLA scenarios. At this point I’m out. If you can not make it work with Monty Williams, I find it hard to believe that another culture would do it magically. Member of Parliament – 10:12 p.m.

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Just FYI: Deandre Ayton is not here. #Suns9:36 p.m.

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
As an outsider, a bit like the Detroit-Portland exchange for both teams?
If you’re still building around Dame (which is more controversial), you’re doing it with big, sporty wings. And Cade-Ayton pick-and-roll would be fun if they could really get it. – 9:03 p.m.

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Check what you can check. “Chris Paul on the situation of Deandre Ayton.
We’ve actually seen Chris Paul, Torrey Craig, Cam Johnson, Cameron Payne, Mikal Bridges and JaVale McGee.
So we have not seen Devin Booker, Ish Wainright, Iffe Lundberg or Landry Shamet. #Suns20:45

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
JaVale McGee said he did watch the Western Conference Finals, but joked that “a single tear rolled down his cheek as he watched.
As for Deandre Ayton, McGee said DA should do his best for him and his family pic.twitter.com/VecJGHtb5k8:28 p.m.

Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
Once the Pistons use the $ 50 million limit to land DeAndre Ayton, it all makes sense. – 8:10 p.m.

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Cam Johnson and Cam Payne. Johnson echoed Mikal saying that Diderot Ayton is their guy and the Suns want him back as they build something special.
As for the possible expansion of Cam, it lets the process work on its own. He said the first thing on the agenda is the state of the DA pic.twitter.com/5yd2ojVdVR8:09 p.m.

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Mikal Bridges said that of course he wants Deandre Ayton to stay in Phoenix. When talking and hanging out, Ayton’s RFA / basketball status is not displayed. He named DA his best friend. – 19:52

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Mikal Bridges said he can not really control anything, so he does not pay much attention to negativity or talk about free agencies with Deandre Ayton, but obviously wants him back. “Of course. This is my guy. This is my best friend.” pic.twitter.com/6IVBGzwOHW19:50

Mark Dicks @MarkDeeksNBA
Jaden Ivy
Cunningham Cade
Deandre Ayton
Sadik Bey
Hamidou Diallo
Saben Lee
Isaiah Stewart
Killian Hayes (may increasingly be a fan club for one person, but we’re still open for business)
+ some extra TBD
… .Okay, I’m listening. – 6:50 p.m.

David Hardisti @clutch fans
The Pistons would be very interested in taking Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and DeAndre Ayton with them. Sacramento would really have to shop hard from the 4th option if it does not get Ivy. – 18:49

Eric Koren @ekoreen
I have to think the Pistons will throw a run on one of the three big limited types: Ayton, Bridges or Brunson – 18:31

Dave Early @DavidEarly
A lot has changed since March (Ayton, etc.) but they have @Jake Fisher on the pod & predicted we could talk more about #Pistons than people expected with a possible Jerami Grant deal to get things started. He also mentioned them as potential suitors of Jalen Brunson.
https://t.co/1NoqJ8adWu pic.twitter.com/Djcvgl1Xyl6:22 p.m.

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
The Pistons are now looking for more than $ 55 million in ceiling space this summer – so the winner of the Portland-Detroit trade could be DeAndre Ayton and / or Miles Brides – as the Pistons can now extend their maximum bid – 18:16

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
I feel the Pistons are positioned as a free agent. I wonder if they are targeting DeAndre Ayton. – 18:16

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Maybe the Pistons have some very specific designs for the lid space they just created? That’s the only explanation I can think of for the Grant Agreement. Maybe they hope this will exclude Portland from the Ayton race? – 6:08 p.m.

Dave Mason @DeuceMason
The pistons should aim at Ayton clearing this entire room. LET’S GET WRONG. – 6:04 p.m.

Chris Herrington @Chris Herrington
If they send Grant without getting back pay, could they create an Ayton offer sheet? – 6:00 p.m.

Rick Bacher @RicBucher
What follows about the core of the Warriors, Kyrie Irving, Deandre Ayton and others at foxsports.com/stories/nba/wh… – 15:57

Mika Adams @MicahAdams13
The start is focused on the NBA champions
Kevon Looney: $ 5.2 million
Brooke Lopez: $ 12.7 million
Dwight Howard: $ 2.6 million
Marc Gasol: $ 24.1 million
JaVale McGee: $ 1.5 million
Tristan Thompson: $ 14.3 million
Andrew Bogut: $ 12.9 million
Tiago Splitter: $ 10.0 million
Average salary: $ 9.3 million
Keep this in mind when talking to Ayton max or Gobert trade. – 11:22 a.m.

More on this story

But even before Grant moved to Portland, Suns officials had begun sending messages to rival teams and other outside executives that Phoenix would not necessarily hesitate to match any offer for Ayton, sources told B / R. Without an obvious signal-and-exchange piece to send back to the Suns, it is unclear whether Detroit will have an unlimited Ayton search in the limited free agent market. -by Bleacher Report / 23 June 2022

Gerald Bourguet: Chris Paul on what Deandre Ayton’s approach should be this summer: “Check what you can control… It’s good to have, if it’s a problem.” When asked about the COVID report, Paul was disgusted, saying “I have not seen any of them, I am here now” and “They beat us, we lost”. -via Twitter @GeraldBourguet / 22 June 2022

Kellan Olson: Chris Paul has said he will control what he can control when it comes to Deandre Ayton’s free agent. “It’s a good problem to have, if it is a problem. “For me, in all these stressful situations and everything else, I will try to spend as much time as possible with my family.” -via Twitter @KellanOlson / 22 June 2022

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