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How Deandre Ayton’s Return to the Suns Impacts the NBA Offseason

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One of the most important free agent dominoes fell on Thursday when the suns retained Deandre Ayton, matching the four-year, $133 million offer sheet the center signed with the Pacers.

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Ayton, who turns 24 on July 23, was a restricted free agent after failing to sign an extension with Phoenix last summer. He averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Suns last season, helping the team finish the regular season with the best record in the NBA. Signing Ayton should have big ripple effects in the league, as he has often been mentioned as a possible trade chip in a Kevin Durant trade, while the Pacers are still looking for an upgrade at center.

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