Pacific Ratings: Ayton, Lundberg, Lakers, Wiseman
The market of suns center Deandre Ayton slowed down after Kevin Durantcommercial demand, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski expects it to resume soon. Appearing on “NBA Today” (video link), Wojnarowski said Durant’s availability affects the few teams with remaining cap margin as well as teams that may be considering a sign-and-trade deal for Ayton.
He added that the “worst-case scenario” for Phoenix is someone making a maximum offer to Ayton, which the Suns will have to decide whether or not to match. If Ayton’s offer is accepted, it will be a year before he can be traded again.
Phoenix, of course, is one of the teams Durant would like to join, and the details of a trade with Ayton could affect what the Suns can offer the Nets. Wojnarowski said Durant’s situation had “complicated the timeline” of Ayton’s free agency process.
There is more from the Pacific Division:
- Gabriel Lundbergwho ended the season on a two-way contract, returned to Denmark rather than play in the Summer League because the suns would offer him no guarantees, writes Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic. “I didn’t want to risk playing in the Summer League without having some sort of security,” said Lundberg, who played four games after joining the team in March. “They didn’t want to give me that, so I went home. I can’t risk getting hurt without having a deal. My family relies on me to support them.
- As the Lakers discuss a potential Kyrie Irving trade with the Nets, they also checked Rockets guardian Eric Gordon and Pacers guardian Boyfriend Hieldsaid Wojnarowski on “NBA Today” (Twitter link). Both are former clients of the general manager Rob Pelinkaand LA nearly negotiated for Hield last summer before deciding to sue Russell Westbrook.
- Warriors center James Wiseman shouldn’t play Friday’s game, but the team plans to use it at some point during the Summer League, tweet Anthony Slater of The Athletic. Wiseman, who has missed the entire season with right knee issues, took part in a 5-on-5 scrimmage on Tuesday. Jonathan Kuminga joined the team today and should also see some in-game action (Twitter link).