October 18, 2021 | 6:29 pm EDT Update
Phoenix now faces an uncertain future with Deandre Ayton. The franchise center is unhappy with the franchise’s consistent stance to his representatives that the organization simply didn’t foresee him as a max player — regardless of which of his peers in the 2018 NBA Draft class earned max deals this offseason, sources said.
Ayton, a key part of the Suns’ run to the 2021 NBA Finals, held firm on wanting a full, five-year, max contract — which would’ve been worth a guaranteed $172.5 million plus possible escalators — but talks never progressed to the Suns making a formal offer on a max deal ahead of Monday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline, sources told ESPN.
In recent weeks, Phoenix raised the concept of a shorter maximum contract deal — perhaps over three or four years instead of the full five years — but never formally made the offer or broached the idea again, sources said.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs and shooting guard Collin Sexton do not have an agreement on a rookie-scale contract extension and he’ll become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2021-22 season, sources tell @clevelanddotcom
Jeff McDonald: With today’s 5 pm deadline having passed, it’s looking like no agreement between the Spurs and Lonnie Walker IV on a contract extension. Walker will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Ishmail Wainwright: First and foremost I just want to thank the entire front office, coaching staff, down to the trainers and medical staff with the @Toronto Raptors for everything. And to the fans, thank yall for the love and support 😁🤙🏽 this is just the beginning!
October 18, 2021 | 6:05 pm EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Charlotte Hornets and swingman Miles Bridges will not reach agreement on a rookie-scale extension before the deadline and he’ll become a restricted free-agent at the end of the 2021-22 season, league sources tell @YahooSports.