Multiple reports suggest the Suns are looking at a sign-and-trade that will center on Ayton and Pacers center Myles Turner. With Ayton, the Pacers would have little reason to keep Turner — and without Ayton, the Pacers could sure use him.
“Because the clock to match doesn’t start until midnight, both sides still have time work out a sign-and-trade before the offer sheet is officially signed,” Marks wrote.
Should Ayton officially sign the deal, the Suns could only match. They could not acquire players in a trade.
“Sign-and-trade deals are longer allowed once Ayton signs the offer sheet with Indiana,’ Wojnarowski reported. “If the Suns do match the offer sheet, they can’t trade Ayton anywhere until at least Jan. 15 — and can’t trade him to Indiana for a year.”