NBA exec on Robert Sarver not offering Deandre Ayton a max extension: 'That owner is cheap'

NBA exec on Robert Sarver not offering Deandre Ayton a max extension: 'That owner is cheap'

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NBA exec on Robert Sarver not offering Deandre Ayton a max extension: 'That owner is cheap'

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Scotto: Deandre and his representation, Billy Duffy and Nima Namakian, made it clear they wanted a max, and Phoenix made it clear they didn’t view him as a max player. With that in mind, I was checking in with executives around the league for their thoughts on the Ayton situation. The first executive said to me, “That owner (Robert Sarver) is cheap, and he’ll get killed for it again. He finally had some goodwill making the Finals, and he pulls this (not extending Ayton). The fact is the kid earned it. Yes, prior to last season, I’d have questions about it, but he performed the whole season, and you invested a number one pick in him. He was a little bit, maybe, slow to develop, but he got there. I don’t think he’s mature enough to handle stuff like that (no extension), so I think it could hurt him for a while. Monty (Williams) seems to have a way with him, so maybe they can pull him back in and say, “Do your job and get paid.”
Source: Michael Scotto @ HoopsHype

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
NBA executives shared their thoughts on Deandre Ayton not getting a max extension with the Phoenix Suns.
👉🏼 hoopshype.com/lists/turmoil-… pic.twitter.com/JhRjDMo6EC3:31 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Control what you can control.”
Chris Paul addresses Deandre Ayton contract situation. #Suns pic.twitter.com/B113vRkl2z2:14 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“I know DA’s heart and I know how he competes” – Chris Paul on Deandre Ayton – 2:02 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Since the offseason started, 25 players (rookies and vets) have signed extensions- 24 of them would have been a free agent next offseason.
Players are choosing financial security now instead of waiting until free agency.
I had Valanciunas as the no. 2 FA center (behind Ayton). – 12:24 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Why Ben Simmons’ behavior towards the 76ers could continue, what executives think of Deandre Ayton not getting a max extension, NBA awards predictions, and more with @Yossi Gozlan on the @Jorge Sierra podcast. hoopshype.com/lists/turmoil-…11:31 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Analysis: How Deandre Ayton responds to not receiving rookie max extension will shape rest of career (w/video) #Suns azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/qmJsF7ZgI210:30 AM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST IS UP! IT’S NBA OPENING NIGHT.
@colehoops joins. We chat Warriors-Lakers, some Russ, Bucks-Nets, and Giannis.
Also, Rookie Extension talk on Ayton, JJJ, Bridges, Huerter. Plus, Bagley.
SUBSCRIBE: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/gam…
SPOTIFY: open.spotify.com/show/7eZjcZwf6… pic.twitter.com/8mjZE9km8J3:29 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Analysis: How Deandre Ayton responds to not receiving five-year rookie max extension will shape rest of career (w/video) #Suns azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral8:40 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Will the Suns give Ayton the deal he wants??? #NBAPalooza2K21 twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…7:25 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Ended up writing a lot about the Phoenix Suns this week.
I LOVED the Mikal Bridges extension. Think they did a great job there: theathletic.com/2890190/2021/1…
The weird Ayton decision to not extend him, and a deep dive into why I am so confused by it: theathletic.com/2898177/2021/1…6:27 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
The NBA tips off Tuesday, and the hope is for a “normal” season after two years of COVID and Bubbles. But there are still questions–from Simmons & Kyrie to Space Jam, KAT, Ayton, NBA Verzuz and…the playoff-bound Kings?? Answers in @The Athletic: bit.ly/2XsSkhF6:11 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
I did a deep dive on the DeAndre Ayton extension talks. I’m a bit baffled that the Suns and Ayton weren’t able to come to an agreement, and it doesn’t really have anything to do with Robert Sarver being perceived as “cheap.” Here’s why: theathletic.com/2898177/2021/1… pic.twitter.com/4brMbAUX4b6:10 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
“We didn’t have real negotiations,” said Suns GM James Jones. 👀
Jones says Ayton was offered a three or four-year max but it was turned down.
➡️ yhoo.it/3C1R1Fl pic.twitter.com/oPDpvgqRBv6:06 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Talked Warriors-Lakers, the uneasy Zion situation in New Orleans and had a spirited Deandre Ayton max debate on latest podcast with @Sam_Amick and ⁦@Will Guillorypodcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…5:11 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Nikola Jokić and Deandre Ayton have both complimented each other’s games. Asked Jokić about facing him tomorrow and he was once again very complimentary about what Ayton does for Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/pu9CeQwxRt5:10 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I get Ayton not wanting to talk to the media. Really, I do. Especially yesterday, when it was still the heat of the moment.
But the longer we don’t get his thoughts, the more it becomes a distraction. I wish this wasn’t the story, but it is, and people want to hear from him – 4:24 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Deandre Ayton declined to speak again today – 4:07 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Deandre Ayton declined to talk to us again today – 4:07 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Deandre Ayton, JaVale McGee, Jalen Smith and Frank Kaminsky getting up shots. #Suns pic.twitter.com/ZPB3ehdauC3:19 PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
The NBA’s back tonight, with a season as close to “normal” as it’s had in a while. But there are lots of questions–from Simmons & Kyrie to Space Jam, KAT, Ayton, NBA Verzuz and…the playoff-bound Kings??? Answers, in @The Athletic: bit.ly/2XsSkhF3:02 PM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
Why the Suns didn’t give Deandre Ayton the max, at @TheAthletic
A conversation with GM James Jones about the controversial decision, and a strong rebuttal of his version of events from Ayton’s reps
theathletic.com/2899094/2021/1…2:45 PM

More on this storyline

The 2018 No. 1 overall pick — who helped lead Phoenix to the 2021 NBA Finals — was reportedly expecting an offer, but it never came. Ayton expressed his disappointment about the development. He can still re-sign with the Suns in restricted free agency after fielding offers from around the league. “My biggest advice for him is: control what you can control and that’s how you go out and hoop,” Paul said, per AZ Central’s Duane Rankin. “Things happen, the business of the game, but I know DA’s heart … and how competitive he is. At the end of the day, he wants to do a good job for our team. And I appreciate him for that. I know when we step out on the court tonight, it’s going to be all about what he’s gotta do to help our team win.” -via Clutch Points / October 20, 2021
Deandre Ayton maintained his “max or no deal” stance and will look to secure a maximum contract next offseason. After Mikal Bridges and Landry Shamet signed their respective extensions, the Suns are set to be significant taxpayers next year once they presumably give Ayton his next contract. Phoenix could have a luxury tax bill close to $45 million next season if Ayton receives a maximum salary. There certainly should be a team willing to offer a maximum deal to Ayton like the Pistons or Spurs next offseason. The maximum a new team can offer Ayton is $44.6 million less than the one the Suns can offer him. -via HoopsHype / October 19, 2021

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