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The Phoenix Suns matched the Indiana Pacers‘ four-year, $133 million be offering sheet for limited loose agent heart Deandre Ayton, clearing the best way for him to go back to the franchise, his brokers Invoice Duffy and Nima Namakian informed ESPN on Thursday evening.
The Suns had till 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday to compare the most important be offering sheet within the historical past of the NBA, however matched it instantly and ended the Pacers’ pursuit of Ayton.
Phoenix confirmed no inclination to barter a sign-and-trade settlement with Indiana previous to Ayton signing the sheet, assets mentioned, signaling that they have been more likely to fit the be offering sheet as soon as it was once offered to them. If the Suns didn’t fit, they’d’ve misplaced Ayton, the No. 1 total select within the 201X NBA Draft, for not anything.
The Suns can not commerce Ayton till January 15 — and can not commerce him for a complete yr with out his consent.