Raptors almost acquired Deandre Ayton in sign and trade last summer

Toronto was close to acquiring Deandre Ayton from Phoenix in a sign and trade last summer, according to a source. Perhaps there’s a deal to be made with the Suns, who are said to be one of Anunoby’s many suitors. Pacers center Myles Turner – who just signed an extension but is still eligible to be traded – would also check off a few boxes as a shot-blocking, floor-spacing big man.
Sources: Josh Lewenberg @ TSN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

“The game was going so fast.”
Deandre Ayton as #Suns trailed by as many as 43 points in Wednesday’s 132-100 loss to Atlanta. #Hawks pic.twitter.com/MSRT3UkdIX4:43 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

“Felt like a treadmill. Felt like a hamster running in one spot.” Deandre Ayton. #Suns pic.twitter.com/RffMeP80s212:43 AM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

“One of them games, man.”
Deandre Ayton said he felt the Suns were doing the right things defensively at the rim and defending the pick-and-roll, but the Hawks made a lot of shots and it spiraled – 12:41 AM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

Final: ATL 132, PHX 100
Bridges: 23-7-5, 6-18 FGs
Ayton: 20 Pts, 9 Rebs, 9-12 FGs
Saric: 11 Pts, 5 Reb
Young: 20 Pts, 12 Asts, 8-17 FGs – 12:21 AM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

Mikal Bridges + Deandre Ayton: 43 points, 15-30 FGs
Rest of Suns: 38 points, 15-47 FGs – 12:09 AM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

End of 3Q: ATL 102, PHX 67
Bridges: 23 Pts, 7 Asts, 5 Rebs, 6-18 FGs
Ayton: 20 Pts, 9 Rebs, 9-12 FGs
Craig: 7 Pts, 8 Rebs
Young: 20 Pts, 12 Asts, 8-17 FGs
PHX: 3-22 3P; ATL: 15-25 3P – 11:48 PM

Lauren L. Williams @WilliamsLaurenL

Two quick fouls for JC. He got called for an offensive foul and then fouled Ayton with Clint guarding Chris Paul. That’s 3 for JC. – 11:35 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Hawks 66 #Suns 47 Half.
PHX: Bridges 17, Ayton 15. Team: 2-of-16 on 3s.
ATL: Murray 15, Hunter 9. Team: 10-of-17 on 3s.
Ayton 7-of-10 FGs. Rest of team: 11-of-37 (Paul 0-for-5, missed all 3 of his 3-opint attempts).
Hawks biggest lead: 22 points. – 11:10 PM
Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

Halftimes: ATL 66, PHX 47
Bridges: 17-6-4, 5-12 FGs
Ayton: 15 Pts, 6 Rebs, 7-10 FGs
Craig: 7 Pts, 5 Rebs, 3-3 FGs
Murray: 15 Pts, 5 Rebs, 4 Asts, 6-8 FGs – 11:04 PM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

Lol Deandre Ayton and Trae Young shared a laugh after that tear drop and-1 DA shot from under the rim – 10:57 PM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

End of 1Q: ATL 26, PHX 23
Bridges: 10-3-2, 3-7 FGs
Ayton: 4 Pts, 4 Rebs, 2-5 FGs
Craig: 5 Pts, 3 Rebs
Hunter: 7 Pts, 3 Rebs, 3-4 FGs
Dario Saric with the rejection to close the quarter?? – 10:34 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson

Same idea tonight for the Suns in terms of running the offense through Bridges and Ayton. Tonight hasn’t been pretty but that’s part of the process. It’s important that they are doing it consistently. – 10:19 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

Cap nerd transaction things for Indiana Pacers & Tyreke Evans:
-FA cap hold restored to cap sheet when Evans was reinstated
-Renounced to sign Deandre Ayton to an offer sheet
-Unrenounced when PHX matched offer
-Re-renounced to create cap space for Myles Turner renegotiation – 7:36 PM

More on this storyline

Tim MacMahon on Deandre Ayton: He’s a name that I’ve heard around the Mavericks. And again, I think that would have to be a later than right now type of situation. -Street Spotify / January 31, 2023

Gerald Bourguet: “I caught it from my baby boy. Sorry to throw you under the bus, junior.” Deandre Ayton said when he was trying to get back on the court and find his breath from him, he felt like he was in Denver. He was also dealing with headaches, but he was thankful it was n’t COVID or the flu: -go Twitter @GeraldBourguet /January 26, 2023

Kellan Olson: Deandre Ayton apologized for throwing his son under the bus but that’s who he thinks he got sick from. Dealt with headaches and difficulty catching his breath. He stayed away from the team as he kept testing negative. Feels good about how he got his conditioning back. -Street Twitter @KellanOlson /January 26, 2023


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