Deandre Ayton’s future in Phoenix may be uncertain.
The Phoenix Suns and their young center Deandre Ayton have reportedly failed to reach an agreement on a rookie contract extension before Monday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Ayton was expecting a full, five-year max contract extension worth up to $172.5 million but Suns owner Robert Sarver didn’t offer it.
ESPN Sources: Suns talks with Deandre Ayton on rookie extension have ended — without a deal. Ayton expected max contract and owner Robert Sarver hasn’t offered it. More coming on consequences for failing to reach deal with 2018 No. 1 overall pick. NBA Today debut, ESPN2. Now.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 18, 2021
Ayton was a key factor to the Suns’ success last season and big-time contributor during their 2021 Finals run. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 14.7 points, 12 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in six Finals games.
His clutch tip-in basket as the clock expired in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Clippers lifted the Suns 104-103, and eventually win the series 4-2 to advance to the Finals.
DEANDRE AYTON GAME-WINNING OOP 🚨
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 23, 2021
The 23-year-old Ayton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft that also brought Mikal Bridges to Phoenix. However, Bridges and the Suns have reportedly already reached a new four-year deal, worth $90 million.