Deandre Ayton on free agency: I put that in God's hands and my agent's hands

Deandre Ayton on free agency: I put that in God's hands and my agent's hands

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Deandre Ayton on free agency: I put that in God's hands and my agent's hands

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Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: DAL 111, PHX 101
Booker: 35 Pts, 7 Ast, 10-22 FG
Ayton: 14 Pts, 11 Reb, 7-12 FG
Crowder: 15 Pts, 6 Ast
Doncic: 26 Pts, 10 Ast, 7 Reb, 4 Stl, 9-25 FG
Series tied 2-2 – 6:08 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Deandre Ayton again not really having a defensive impact tonight. The 5-out lineup with the guy he’s guarding in the corner has led to either shots in the lane or corner 3s. Suns looking a little like Utah tonight on D. – 6:05 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Back-to-back corner 3s for the Mavs, with Ayton helping in the paint. Seems like a fitting end to an ugly defensive effort. – 6:03 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Ayton needs to spend the summer in the weight room. His fingers especially need strength conditioning… – 5:52 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Luka Doncic scores on a drive. Booker miss. Mavs hit a corner 3. Booker miss and Ayton can’t corral the rebound. Another Mavs 3. The deficit is back to 14 and this one feels over – 5:51 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Don’t love that Dallas timeout because it lets Suns put Ayton in for Biz. He’d been marooned at scorer’s table for quite a while.
Looks like we’ll have no Payne and “point Booker” the rest of the way for Phoenix, with three other wings and Ayton. – 5:47 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Deandre Ayton is at the scorer’s table waiting to check in. Mavs are giving the Suns an opening with all the shots they’re missing right now. Phoenix back within 6 with 7 minutes to go – 5:45 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 3Q: DAL 87, PHX 78
Booker: 29 Pts, 8-16 FG
Crowder: 13 Pts, 5-10 FG
Ayton: 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 6-11 FG
Doncic: 20 Pts, 8 Ast, 7 Reb, 6-19 FG – 5:33 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
that defensive possession from deandre ayton on luka doncic was indescribably spectacular – 5:17 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Probably won’t matter but Ayton has had some pretty impressive sequences guarding on the perimeter today. – 5:16 PM
David Thorpe @coachthorpe
Somebody make a GIF of that Luka-Ayton dance and block STAT! – 5:15 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Luka dribbled air out of ball and Ayton blocked his shot with 3.3 left in shot clock.
Got Finney-Smith missed corner 3 out of that possession.
Payne to rim. #Suns down five. – 5:15 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns switching high, zoning in back. Ayton got quicker to close out on Bullock 3.
#NBAPlayoffs #Mavs5:09 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Ayton and Crowder with back-to-back offensive rebounds.
Ayton got his over two #Mavs.
#Suns down nine as Crowder splits FTs. #NBAPlayoffs20225:08 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: DAL 68, PHX 56
Booker: 19 Pts, 5-9 FG
Crowder: 12 Pts, 5-8 FG
Ayton: 10 Pts, 4 Reb
Doncic: 16 Pts, 6 Ast, 4-10 FG
DAL: 14-24 3P; PHX: 5-10 3P – 4:49 PM
J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
ayton has some of the best hands in the league around the rim… he is surgeon steady cleaning things up – 4:47 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Mavs continue to win 50/50 ball battle. Kleber got a rebound between Ayton and Crowder.
#Suns down 11 with 1:30 left in half. – 4:42 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Frank Ntilikina taking Josh Green rotation spot and then contributing to the effort of keeping the ball away from Ayton… – 4:41 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Paul 3
#Suns down 9 and have yet to fully exploit the inside advantage they have with Deandre Ayton.
Ayton with 8 points and has just one rebound. #NBAPlayoffs20224:30 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
-5assist for Chris Paul on that Jae Crowder 3-pointer. He was passing the ball to Deandre Ayton, who missed the pass, which bounced two or three times before reaching Crowder in the corner for an open triple. Offense for both teams has been pretty amazing. Mavs up 51-37. – 4:24 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Crowder again from 3.
Like Game 3. He’s keeping #Suns in game offensively.
Has 8 points (2-of-3 from 3). #Suns down 11 as Ayton scores. – 4:23 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 1Q: DAL 37, PHX 25
Booker: 13 Pts, 3-7 FG
Ayton: 4 Pts, 2-4 FG
McGee: 3 Pts, 3 Reb
Doncic: 9 Pts, 3 Ast
DAL: 8-13 3P; PHX: 2-4 3P – 4:14 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Deandre Ayton’s missed a pair of bunnies at the basket. Nobody on the Suns really in a flow offensively other than Devin Booker. Meanwhile, Luka Doncic picks up his 2nd on an offensive foul – 4:06 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Deandre Ayton’s gotta dunk that thing sometimes. – 4:05 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavericks are up 24-13 with 5:11 left in the first. Ayton and Booker have scored all of Phoenix’s points. CP3 with 2 fouls. The Mavericks could not have asked for a better start. – 4:04 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
How it’s going for Suns 7 minutes into Game 3:
– CP3 2 fouls
– Book tech
– Bridges scoreless
– Crowder in the locker room
– Ayton getting targeted
I don’t think Cameron Payne, Cameron Johnson, and Landry Shamet are saving Suns this afternoon – 4:04 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka’s technical-free streak ends early in Game 4. He got sandwiched pretty good between Crowder and Ayton and no whistle blew. Mavs off to a solid start, leading 10-8. – 3:50 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Fans were not happy after Luka Doncic ran into Deandre Ayton and stayed down with no call. Doncic gets hit with a technical a few plays later – 3:49 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Luka Doncic just got his first technical foul of the playoffs. He is appalled that he didn’t get a foul call when he crashed to the floor after getting hit by Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder. – 3:49 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: Bullock, DFS, Powell, Brunson, Doncic
Suns starters: Bridges, Crowder, Ayton, Booker, Paul
2:45 tip @theeagledallas3:09 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Mavericks mascot challenges Deandre Ayton to halfcourt shots. Quickly gets humbled PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Mother’s Day: How the bond between Deandre and Andrea Ayton shaped path for the Suns’ star. Andrea: “Deandre gets a prayer from me every day.” AM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
A conversation with Deandre Ayton about his offseason plans, not receiving the max, how he can’t watch NBA games, and some other stuff.…9:39 AM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Seen this a few places. If Charlotte didn’t resign Miles they wouldn’t have space for Ayton. They would have to renounce Bridges cap hold and then make additional salary dumping moves. Or they could try and complete a S&T which I doubt PHX have interest in. Complicated landscape AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“That fuels us.” Deandre Ayton on hearing trash talk in #Suns-#Mavs series. #NBAPlayoffs2022. PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“We got distracted when the ball was in play.” Deandre Ayton on #Suns being affected by the calls in Game 3. #NBAPlayoffs2022 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Deandre Ayton getting up shots going into Game 4. #Suns #NBAPlayoffs #Mavs PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Mother’s Day: How the bond between Deandre and Andrea Ayton shaped path for the Suns’ star PM

More on this storyline

Michael Scotto: I’ve heard some people in that front office that have an eye for Jalen Brunson. I’ve also heard there are people in the front office that could see Mitchell Robinson, who’s an unrestricted Knicks free agent, as a guy that they’d also look at. Deandre Ayton’s name has been floated out there too. My observation on this is guys like Brunson and Robinson are targets for Detroit because they’ll command less money (than Ayton). With Ayton, you’d have to give him a full max to try to get him there and out of Phoenix going into his (restricted) free agency. I think that would be tough. Whereas, with Brunson, Dallas knows there’s going to be a market for him. One of the reasons they got Spencer Dinwiddie was a hedge to cover themselves depending on what the market bears for Brunson. The Knicks have Robinson entering free agency and also have an eye for Brunson with the relationship with Leon Rose. They do need a point guard looking ahead. Immanuel Quickley is there, but it seems like he’s viewed as a microwave scorer off the bench, and Tom Thibodeau likes him off the bench in that role. -via HoopsHype / March 24, 2022
James Edwards: I agree. I like Ayton. I don’t think they’re going to go that deep into the well for him. Same for Miles Bridges. He’s a guy that’s been attached to them because he’s from Flint, Michigan. I like Miles, but if you end up with a forward in the draft and you already have Saddiq Bey, I don’t see committing that type of money. -via HoopsHype / March 24, 2022
Scotto: Detroit is a team I’ve heard that has interest in him. They’ll be linked to Deandre Ayton as well. The price gap between Mitchell Robinson and Ayton is going to be pretty significant. If Detroit can get other free-agent acquisitions, I think they’re certainly going to look at Robinson. Harold Ellis, who used to work for the Knicks, is with Detroit, so they’ve got some good inside knowledge on Robinson there. -via HoopsHype / March 10, 2022

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