“Small Market Suns”: Fans Lose Their Cool as Phoenix on the Verge of Losing Deandre Ayton

Published 10/19/2021, 10:27 AM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (right) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


After their 2020-21 season fell to a disheartening end, the Phoenix Suns would’ve been determined to comeback. In spite of possessing quality stars like Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the side fell short against the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo and co. proved to be their chink in their armor, claiming the series 4-2 last year. Another key man for Phoenix, was 23-year-old Deandre Ayton. After a successful season, the youngster is unfortunately likely to be on his way out.

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In the 2020-21 season, Ayton averaged close to 15 points and over 10 rebounds. He was the starting center for the Suns, and showcased his ability multiple times. A vital cog in the defensive end and more than potent offensively, Ayton was perhaps the next big thing that Monty Williams could’ve groomed. However as per latest reports, this was not meant to be, as the renewal deal has collapsed.

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Suns fans furious as Deandre Ayton likely to leave Phoenix

As talks had progressed between the franchise and Ayton, they were preparing a rookie extension deal. Unfortunately, owner Robert Sarver was unable to meet some demands, meaning that the talks have potentially ended. As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski via 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.”

While many were in agreement with Sarver’s decision not to offer the maximum contract, a vast majority were left annoyed. They wished to see Ayton continuing with the setup for many more years to come. One fan went on to dismiss the decision, boldly calling the team “Small market Suns”. Meanwhile, one frustrated fan commented, “That’s insane, Suns don’t get to the finals without Ayton.” Have a look.

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If the Phoenix Suns lose out on Deandre Ayton, they will have to fill a huge void. Who do you think is the ideal replacement in the center position? And where do you see the powerhouse playing in the upcoming campaign? Have your say in the comments.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a Tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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