Hawks interested in Deandre Ayton, but didn’t want to pay the maximum

The Hawks can still chase Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in free agency. Sources tell The Athletic that the Hawks’ interest in the 23-year-old would be contingent on bringing him in on less than a maximum contract. That may not be an option as the Pistons, who have the maximum space for maximum contract, are expected to be aggressive in their pursuit of Ayton free-choice.
Source: Chris Kirschner @ The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane RankinDuane Rankin
phoenix #Sun tanning address Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker now, Cam Johnson shortly after azcentral.com/story/sports/n… through @azcentral10:46 am

Zach LoweZachLoe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: @Bobby Marks@Jonathan Givony summarize the concept + look ahead to free agency: Nets, Kyrie, fake KD trades, Ayton, DET/ORL drafts, Sixers trade, deals that haven’t happened (but might have), more:
Spotify: spoti.fi/39QSdm9
Apple: apple.co/3A2Mkx410:43 am

Kurt Helinbasketball talk
After drafting Memphis center Jalen Duren, Pistons would reportedly be on Ayton . can be nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/24/aft…11:00 AM EVENING

Kevin O’ConnorKevinOConnorNBA
New podcast with @Logan Murdock with seven lingering NBA Draft questions about Brunson, the Spurs, Ayton, Gobert, John Collins, Wolves, Bulls and the Durant-Irving situation. @ringer open.spotify.com/episode/1GcuQK…8:34 PM

Paul GarciaPaulGarciaNBA
After the moves Detroit made last night, they are not allowed to chase Ayton in free will: https://t.co/GuwH50icjB pic.twitter.com/IlckmKnMn319:22

CBS NBACBSSportNBA
Deandre Ayton free agency rumours: Pistons no longer expected to chase big man after successful 2022 NBA Draft
cbssports.com/nba/news/deand…19:18

Paul GarciaPaulGarciaNBA
With Zach Collins’ contract secured today, the Spurs’ maximum capacity potential is now $34.4 million.
That’s still enough to send a max bid to a free agent with 0-6 years of experience (Ayton as an example).
Not enough for players with 7 years or more experience (e.g. LaVine) – 5:16 p.m.

Michael ScottMikeAScotto
Story: A look at potential sign-and-trade options for Deandre Ayton with the Pistons, Hawks, Pacers, and Spurs. Plus, reporting on who could move the Knicks to free up cap space to chase Jalen Brunson, Wizards’ interest in Tyus Jones, and more @Jorge Sierrahoopshype.com/lists/nba-rumo…13.27 o’clock

Zach LoweZachLoe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: @Bobby Marks@Jonathan Givony summarize the concept + look ahead to free agency: Nets, Kyrie, fake KD trades, Ayton, DET/ORL draft evictions, Sixers trade, deals that haven’t happened (but might have), more:
Spotify: spoti.fi/39QSdm9
Apple: apple.co/3A2Mkx412:47 pm

Gerard BourguetGeraldBourguet
It’s been a quiet night of travel for the Suns, meaning the off-season pressure is now on free agency. For @PHNX_Suns, I wrote about what lies ahead for James Jones, as well as his thoughts on Deandre Ayton and Phoenix’s drafting process: https://t.co/A8VLXt7HLw pic.twitter.com/Thdy6Jxybi11:03 am

James Edwards IIIJLEdwardsIII
When you wake up, on @TheAthletic app, will feature an exclusive Jaden Ivey Q&A, a new podcast episode, and “Inside the Pistons’ 2022 NBA Draft night,” focusing on the chaos, Weaver’s masterclass, and DeAndre Ayton
Check it all out. † 2:40 am

Duane RankinDuane Rankin
#NBADrft ended with Phoenix #Sun tanning still on the outside.
No choices.
Next one?
Free agency.
Deandre Ayton.
azcentral.com/story/sports/n…1:55 am

Duane RankinDuane Rankin
“DA is a big part of what we do.”
#Sun tanning GM James Jones on Deandre Ayton, a restricted free agent.
“This team is a very good team and we are going to keep it together.” † 12:41 pm

Kellan OlsonKellanOlson
James Jones said nothing has changed when it comes to his stance on Deandre Ayton since exit interviews. A large part of their team and free agency is something they will be talking about when the time comes. † 12:41 pm

Rob PerezWorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is LIVE @UnderdogFantasy
A packed show tonight…
– Understanding the Knicks trade
– Kyrie Saga + Possible Consequences
– What about Ayton?
– Pacers now 1st Team All League Pass
– Giving away $100 to 5 participants
– Fan calls
Join!
youtube.com/watch?v=93BURw…11:47 pm

James Edwards IIIJLEdwardsIII
DET could of course still chase Ayton given their cap space, but I get the feeling the draft went so well in their favor (they didn’t expect an ivey at 5) that they could play with the youngsters and seek veteran help in free agency. Troy has often said not to skip any steps. † 22:39

Kellan OlsonKellanOlson
I wouldn’t quite understand trading the lottery for Duren and then paying Ayton, but this is also the front office that added two off-season four million centers so idk – 21:34

Duane RankinDuane Rankin
Benedict Mathurin has the same view as #Sun tanning great Deandre Ayton.
Nima Namakian and Bill Duffy are both in the draft with Pac-12 Player of the Year Mathurin.
#Pacers design Mathurin with 6th overall pick-in #NBADraft2022† † 20:46

Ky CarlinKy_Carlin
The Pistons now have a solid core of their own. Cunningham, Ivey, Bey, Stewart, possibly Ayton. They’re building something there. † 8:35 PM

Jake MadisonNOLAJake
Jalen Duren on 5 would be WILD. Please, please make it happen.
Or leverage to let the Suns trade Ayton to them tonight? † 7:51 PM

Duane RankinDuane Rankin
ESPN’s Jalen Rose: Deandre Ayton Would Like to Say Goodbye to Phoenix #Suns (with Video) https://t.co/iJJXbvEfLI via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/6KENY33iZp19:08

Kurt Helinbasketball talk
Does Grant Trade Make Deandre Ayton More Likely to Become a Piston? nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/23/do…18:03

Gerard BourguetGeraldBourguet
On JaVale McGee’s softball charity game, the Suns are supporting “their man” Deandre Ayton and more from last night: bit.ly/39JQ0cj15:09

Gerard BourguetGeraldBourguet
Please stop comparing Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul, I beg you. Performance, contract value, whatever angle you attack it from, it’s still weird and nonsensical to pit the two against each other – 14:43

Bill SimmonsBill Simmons
Thought experiment: Ayton for Gobert pic.twitter.com/zs8xNCY4J814:29

Kellan OlsonKellanOlson
A reminder for your expectations tonight: It’s called a sign-and-trade, not a trade-and-sign. Ayton can’t sign or talk to teams until he’s free. The Bucks ran into trouble for Bogdan Bogdanovic 4 days before 2020 free agency. Didn’t get him and lost a second round pick – 11:52 am

Duane RankinDuane Rankin
phoenix #Sun tanning #NBA free agency speculation, trade rumors and Deandre Ayton azcentral.com/story/sports/n… through @azcentral11:08 am

Gerard BourguetGeraldBourguet
JaVale McGee’s charity softball game was a fun event for a good cause, but it was also the first time I heard from Suns players since Game 7. For @PHNX_Suns, I wrote about their thoughts on Deandre Ayton, Cam Johnson’s potential expansion, and more : https://t.co/BgLKWp9tTB pic.twitter.com/Ykclal7AyX10:03 am

Duane RankinDuane Rankin
“From my perspective, personally, definitely someone I always want on my team.” Cam Johnson.
#Suns talks about the future of teammate Deandre Ayton, who is a restricted free agent this summer. https://t.co/g9EgcLcjGJ pic.twitter.com/YoE13MCZnW10:00

James PlowrightBritish_Buzz
Heard an interesting suggestion from @Sam Vecenie on his podcast:
Ayton > Detroit S&T
Hayward > Suns
Trade exception > Charlotte
This makes sense for all teams, it should make a choice here or there – 9:00 am

More this storyline

The Hawks can still chase Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in free agency. Sources tell The Athletic that the Hawks’ interest in the 23-year-old would be contingent on bringing him in on less than a maximum contract. -through the athletic / June 24, 2022

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard was reportedly interested in playing with Ayton. However, Portland kept Jusuf Nurkic through the trade deadline with the intention of re-signing him in free agency this summer. which remains the case a week before the free agency kicks off, league sources told HoopsHype. -through HoopsHype / June 24, 2022

Gerald Bourguet: James Jones said his stance on Deandre Ayton hasn’t changed. The Suns have said nothing else. “DA continues to be a big part of what we do and he’s a free agent, so we’ll talk about free agency when the time comes.” -through Twitter @GeraldBourguet / June 24, 2022

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