Deandre Ayton, Suns Fail To Reach Agreement On Contract Extension

Center Deandre Ayton and the Suns will not agree to a rookie-scale contract extension prior to Monday’s 6 p.m. EST deadline, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.Deandre Ayton

The decision means Ayton will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Teams need to agree on rookie-scale extensions with players from the 2018 draft class ahead of the deadline, or allow those players to test free agency. Ayton was the No. 1 overall pick in 2018.

Per Wojnarowski, “Ayton expected max contract and owner Robert Sarver hasn’t offered it.”‘

Ayton, 23, is 6-foot-11 and was a key piece in the Suns’ run to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Bucks. He averaged 14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds in 69 regular-season games, starting them all.

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