Deandre Ayton contract details: Pacers put pressure on Suns with massive offer sheet

Deandre Ayton contract details: Pacers put pressure on Suns with massive offer sheet

The Pacers just put the Suns on the clock.

Restricted free agent Deandre Ayton has agreed to sign a record-setting offer sheet with Indiana, his agents, Bill Duffy and Nima Namakian, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday.

Phoenix now has three options: Match the offer sheet, figure out a sign-and-trade deal or let Ayton walk.

What are the terms of the offer sheet? Here’s what we know about the deal that could bring the talented center to Indiana.

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Deandre Ayton contract details

Ayton and the Pacers have reached an agreement on a four-year, $133 million maximum offer sheet. That is the largest offer sheet in NBA history, surpassing the four-year, $106.5 million deal that Otto Porter signed in 2017.

It’s worth noting that the Pacers currently do not have the cap space to reach Ayton’s annual salary. It shouldn’t be difficult to open up the necessary space, though, as Indiana can remove some money from its books without losing a key player.

What Deandre Ayton’s offer sheet means for Suns

Phoenix previously made it clear that the franchise doesn’t feel Ayton belongs in the same tier as Luka Doncic, Trae Young and other max extension candidates from the 2018 NBA Draft class, so the initial assumption was that the Suns would discuss the framework of a sign-and-trade deal with the Pacers.

However, Phoenix is expected to match the offer sheet once it is officially signed, per Wojnarowski, as the Suns haven’t “shown any interest in negotiating a sign-and-trade.” (If the Suns do match, Ayton would hold veto power on any trade for a year.)

It would be an unusual path back to Phoenix for Ayton, but the Suns simply can’t afford to lose Ayton for nothing. Perhaps their plan is to keep Ayton and pursue another trade during the 2022-23 season. They could also keep Ayton, have a conversation about the future and realize the best-case scenario is the 23-year-old staying in Phoenix.