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Most Suns fans don’t like the idea of trading Ayton for Nurkić

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Most Suns fans were not happy to hear the rumor that the team could trade Deandre Ayton for Blazers’ center Jusuf Nurkić should Nurkić come available.

The rumor was first reported yesterday by Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro. He said that the Suns could “look into” trading for Nurkić because they could feel he is an upgrade over Ayton in new coach Frank Vogel’s system. Nurkić’s availability is contingent on a Damian Lillard trade, which could happen any time now, Gambadoro reported.

The problem for most Suns’ fans is they don’t like Nurkić’s defense over Ayton. Below is a comparison of their 2022-23 regular season stats.

Ayton: 18.0 PPG | 10.0 RPG | 1.7 APG | 0.8 BPG | 0.6 SPG | 1.8 TOV on 58.9/29.2/76 splits in 30.4 MPG in 67 games/starts

Nurkić: 13.3 PPG | 9.1 RPG | 2.9 APG | 0.8 BPG | 0.8  SPG | 2.3 TOV on 51.9/36.1/66.1 splits in 26.8 MPG in 52 games/starts

Ayton is also 25 years old, whereas Nurkić is 29.

Fans have gone back-and-forth over whether they want to trade Ayton since the 2021-22 season. Now, it seems like the majority of fans feel that Vogel can get Ayton back on the right track and want the Suns to keep the former No. 1 overall pick heading into the year.

“I think he can be one of the best centers in the league,” Vogel said of Ayton during his introductory press conference.

However, fans should keep in mind that this would not be a 1-for-1 swap. Nurkić is set to make $16.785 million in the 2023-24 season. Ayton is due to make nearly double that number ($32.459 million) this season.

This being said, some fans are on the other side of the trade.

Whether or not this trade happens is just a rumor, but the Suns could get a quality fifth starter in addition to Nurkić if they play their cards right.

Gambo: Suns could trade Deandre Ayton for Jusuf Nurkić if he becomes available

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Brendan Mau is a Phoenix Suns insider and college sports reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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