How Deandre Ayton’s return to the Suns affects the NBA offseason

One of the most important free agent dominos fell on Thursday when it fell the sun She retained Deandre Ayton, to match the four-year, $133 million offer sheet that the center signed with Pacers.

Eaton, 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 last season, helping the team finish the regular season with the best record in the NBA. The signing of Eaton should have some significant ripple effects across the league, as it has been repeatedly mentioned as a potential trading chip in Kevin Durant’s deal, while the Pacers are still looking for a promotion in the center.

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