Detroit targets Deandre Ayton in free agency

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After the trade, the Pistons have about $43 million. According to the sources, Detroit is expected to pursue Phoenix Suns big man and 2018 No. 1 Deandre Ayton in the open market. The Pistons can also look to the trade block to use that cap space if Ayton stays in Phoenix or lands elsewhere.
Source: James L. Edwards III @ The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Mark Dek @MarkDeeksNBA
Jaden Ivey
Cade Cunningham
Deandre Ayton
Sadiq Bey
Hamidou Diallo
Saben Lee
Isaiah Stewart
Killian Hayes (this may be more and more of a one man fan club, but damn it, we’re still open for business)
+ some extras to be determined
….Okay, I’m listening. – 6:50 p.m.

David Hardy @clutch fans
The Pistons gathering Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and DeAndre Ayton would be quite interesting. Sacramento really should buy that 4th pick if they don’t take Ivey. – 6:49 p.m.

Eric Korean @korean
I have to think the Pistons are going to run against one of the big three restricted guys: Ayton, Bridges or Brunson – 6:31 p.m.

Dave Early @DavidEarly
Lot has changed since March (Ayton, etc.) but had @Jake Fischer on pod and he predicted we might be talking more about #Pistons than people expected with a possible Jerami Grant deal to kick things off. Also mentioned them as potential suitors for Jalen Brunson.
https://t.co/1NoqJ8adWu pic.twitter.com/Djcvgl1Xyl6:22 p.m.

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Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
The Pistons are now eyeing over $55 million in cap space this summer… so the winner of the Portland-Detroit trade could be DeAndre Ayton and/or Miles Brides – as the Pistons can now extend the maximum offer sheets – 6:16 p.m.

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
I feel like the Pistons are positioning themselves for free agency. I wonder if they have DeAndre Ayton in their sights. – 6:16 p.m.

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Maybe the Pistons have very specific plans for the cap space they just created? That’s the only explanation I can think of for the deal with Grant. Maybe they’re hoping this will knock Portland out of Ayton’s race? – 6:08 p.m.

david mason @DeuceMason
The Pistons need to target Ayton by clearing this whole room. GET WILD. – 6:04 p.m.

Chris Herington @Chris Herrington
If they send Grant without taking back their salary, could they set up an Ayton offer sheet? – 6:00 p.m.

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Eric Bucher @ricbucher
What’s next for the core Warriors, Kyrie Irving, Deandre Ayton and others foxsports.com/stories/nba/wh… – 3:57 p.m.

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Starting Centers on NBA Champions
Kevon Looney: $5.2 million
Lopez Creek: $12.7 million
Dwight Howard: $2.6 million
Marc Gasol: $24.1 million
JaVale McGee: $1.5 million
Tristan Thompson: $14.3 million
Andrew Bogut: $12.9 million
Tiago separator: $10.0 million
Average salary: $9.3M
Keep this in mind when chatting with Ayton max or Gobert trade. – 11:22

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Bourguet Breakdown, Part 2: Self-creation is the necessary next step in Deandre Ayton’s evolution to max player – https://t.co/w4RzuU1LlY via @PHNX_Suns pic.twitter.com/3tSw1mwj2Z9:02 p.m.

More on this scenario

Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic shared on Twitter on Monday an updated list of celebrities attending Phoenix Suns center JaVale McGee’s upcoming charity softball game. Several of McGee’s teammates are expected to attend, including Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Cameron Payne, Cameron Johnson, Landry Shamet, Torrey Craig and Ish Wainwright. Suns GM James Jones is also on the entry list. One important figure missing from the list however is Ayton. During such an intense event for the Suns, his absence here seems very loud (and could potentially indicate that he is considering leaving the team). —via Larry Brown Sports / June 21, 2022

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Duane Rankin: Update. Cameron Payne for Deandre Ayton. Payne is one of the confirmed participants in JaVale McGee’s Juglife Foundation Water of Life Charity Softball Game, along with Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges. -Going through Twitter @DuaneRankin / Jun 21, 2022

Suns commentator Eddie Johnson spoke with PHNX_Suns about Ayton, who is a restricted free agent. “He can’t escape the Suns if they don’t want him to,” Johnson said. “It must be planned there. I think some people say, “Oh, he’s going to leave and they’re going to lose him.” No, they don’t have to lose it. He signs someone else’s offer sheet, they can match the offer sheet. The Suns can not only match any offer, but pay him more than anyone on a five-year, $177 million max contract. “For Ayton right now, it’s really up to him and what he’s willing to accept,” Johnson added. —via Arizona Republic / Jun 18, 2022

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