Kellan Olson: James Jones with @BurnsAndGambo said the Suns will continue to have conversations with Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges on potential extensions. They value continuity. Said the goal is for something to happen.
Ayton is eligible for a rookie extension — five-year max deal worth $168 million — this summer after signing a four-year, $40.3-million deal as the top overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Arizona. The max extension wouldn't kick in until the 2022-23 season, thus giving the Suns some flexibility when it comes to Paul, who has a player option of $44.2 million he can opt into, opt out of to test free agency, or negotiate a multiyear deal with the Suns. According to HoopsHype, Paul, 36, can exercise his player option with Phoenix and extend for "an additional two years for a maximum of $97 million," giving him $140 million over the next three seasons.
Marc Stein: Chris Paul just pointed to Deandre Ayton during his post-game interview with @Rachel__Nichols and announced that the Suns are "gonna get him a bag this summer." Like Luka Doncic and Trae Young, Ayton is eligible for a lucrative contract extension in the offseason.
Kellan Olson: Robert Sarver said on @BurnsAndGambo from a financial standpoint as an owner that he is ready to commit to keeping Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton. With timing and all that, James Jones and his group will figure out the moving pieces. They want to improve the team furhter.
January 26, 2022 | 9:34 pm EST Update
Two weeks before the deadline, the Rockets are sellers, unquestionably so if the only choices are to be buyers or sellers. But since everything has changed from their previous ventures into the deadline deal-making period, the Rockets’ roles and goals this season are not so easily defined. They are sellers who are far less motivated to deal than in previous seasons.
They are unlikely to seek a small step forward, a solid role player type who does not bring star potential to drive the rebuild. But they do not need to make everything about acquiring picks, especially in next June’s draft, in which they already have two selections. They have two second-year players, Jae’Sean Tate and K.J. Martin, in the rotation and chose four then-teenagers in last year’s draft, collecting more young players than they have had minutes to play.
Eric Gordon would seem to be the Rockets’ most valuable trade asset, other than the first-round picks that would take a legitimate star talent to pry loose. At 33, Gordon would seem to be on a different timetable from a core crowded with teenagers. Though talks so far have been at most exploratory, offers could come later. The Rockets would have to determine not just how they feel about the deals that might be available but how they compare offers to what they believe they could get before the draft or in the offseason.