DeAndre Ayton Rumors

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Deandre Ayton
Deandre Ayton
Position: C
Born: 07/23/98
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Salary: $8,175,840
Deandre Ayton hasn’t forgotten about the last time he played against Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz. Ayton scored a career-low two points on 1-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes in an 114-97 home loss on March 13 and called his performance the “worst game” he’s ever played. “Overall, I give myself an F-minus,” a disappointed Ayton said after the 17-point defeat. “This was a bad game. I definitely put this loss on me. I just wasn’t locked in. I don’t know what’s happening. The shots I took were pretty bad. This is definitely the worst game I’ve ever played. The worst by far.”
Ayton could set the Suns rookie record for double-doubles after tying Alvan Adams’ mark of 37 set in the 1975-76 season with 19 points and 11 boards in Saturday’s loss at Sacramento. “It’s exciting, but I just wish it was a better season to really enjoy it,” Ayton said after the 112-103 loss. “I’ve just to finish off the season really strong and getting into the lab in this real offseason NBA. Just really work my butt off for next season.”
Ayton received his first NBA ejection after getting called for a second technical foul. Ayton came into the game having been called for one technical in 64 games. “I didn’t even know I got ejected at first,” the rookie 7-footer said after the game. “I did not know. I just sat down on the bench looking around and people are telling me I got ejected. ‘I got ejected? What’s the ejection? What is that?’ I didn’t see anybody do this (waving his hand) or throw me out or nothing.”
Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said Ayton’s reaction was “inappropriate,” but acknowledged Ayton’s frustration over the foul call. “He knew he has to play through the fouls because that affects his productivity, minutes and all that stuff,” Kokoskov said. “I’m not justifying his action, but his reaction was on the previous defensive play.”