No. 1 troublesome center, unpopular in the transfer market… Will he stay in the end?

Ayton’s chances of staying on the team increased.

Adrian Wojnarowski, a reporter for ESPN, reported on Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns on the 16th (Korean time).메이저놀이터

Phoenix started to challenge for the championship this season by embracing Kevin Durant through a trade close to all-in. However, he was blocked by Denver in the second round, ending the season earlier than the wind.

With Phoenix, who tasted failure, the movement of change was detected this off-season. While maintaining Durant and Devin Booker’s one-two punch, it aims to reinforce power among the remaining resources. There were also frequent rumors that the transfer of Ayton or Chris Paul was influential for change.

Ayton, the 1st overall pick in the 2018 draft, a golden draft that will remain in NBA history, attracted a lot of attention with his excellent physical condition and athletic ability. However, his growth trend so far is somewhat disappointing compared to the expectations he had at the time of joining. Even now, Ayton is a high-level big man in the league, but there are many eyes expressing disappointment at not being able to show off his potential.  

In addition, Ayton, who has been pointed out for his lack of concentration and fighting spirit, was the target of many criticisms for his passive appearance during this season. The process of signing an extension contract with the club was not smooth, and Ayton sometimes showed behavior that risked harming teamwork. 

In the end, Phoenix gave up Ayton and looked for a way to reinforce its power by bringing in another player.

However, interest in Ayton, whose stock price has fallen, is less than expected. It is not easy to see a team willing to take Ayton, who has an annual salary of more than $32 million next season. Since Ayton’s value has fallen significantly, it is difficult for Phoenix to receive the return he wants. 

“The difficulty with Phoenix right now is the lack of market interest in Deandre Ayton. They’ve been watching the market and don’t think there’s a clear demand for Ayton. You have to be ready,” he said.

Perhaps Ayton’s stay could be a turning point. Coach Frank Vogel, who took the helm of the Phoenix this time, spoke highly of Ayton at the joining press conference and said he would help him develop. Vogel has teamed up with Anthony Davis to win the championship.

“I think DeAndre Ayton could be one of the best centers in the league. There’s still room for him to improve offensively, but I can team up with him and bounce back as an All-Star player,” Vogel said. I want to make it happen,” he said.

Ayton is a player who can contribute much more to the team than he is now if he can only use his talents properly and immerse himself in the game. How will the future of Ayton, the point of interest for Phoenix fans, be determined? 

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