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Raptors Intersted in Suns’ Deandre Ayton

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The NBA Trade deadline is right around the corner and there are so many rumors spiraling around. The latest news is coming out of Toronto as the Raptors are interested in Suns Center Deandre Ayton according to senior NBA reporter Jake L. Fischer.

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Just a couple of days ago, Ayton’s contract allowed him to be eligible to be traded to any team around the NBA due to him getting a 20 percent raise from his max contract that he signed over the summer.

Ayton has had an up-and-down season with the Suns as he’s averaging 17.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, and 0.7 BLKS. Those aren’t labeled as bad numbers, however, there have been many games where Ayton has scored less than 10 points and turned the ball over more than twice.

During the offseason, there were rumbles about the Suns not knowing what they wanted to do with Ayton which caused the team to let him go to the Pacers before they matched his contract to have him stay with the team.

Now with the Suns being interested in star player Fred VanVleet next summer, it isn’t a coincidence that the Raptors are all of a sudden interested in Ayton. Another report going around from Shams is that teams are monitoring the Raptors before the deadline in case they want to hit the rebuild button and focus solely on the draft.

Factor this in with the Ayton interest and Jae Crowder being moved soon as well, and the Suns and Raptors might be in contact a lot over the next couple of weeks.

Deandre Ayton is now Trade Eligible

There will be a lot more rumors over the upcoming weeks and we may be looking at this in the future and it’ll all be irrelevant. Until then we will continue to sit back and let these next few weeks play out until the trade deadline is here.

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