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2:57 PM ET Phoenix Suns restricted free agent middle Deandre Ayton is signing a four-year,...

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Phoenix Suns restricted free agent middle Deandre Ayton is signing a four-year, $133 million most contract provide sheet with the Indiana Pacers, his brokers, Invoice Duffy and Nima Namakian, instructed ESPN on Thursday.

The Suns have two days to match the most important provide sheet in NBA historical past and maintain Ayton — or let him go to the Pacers for nothing in return.

Ayton’s provide sheet surpasses the four-year, $107 million deal signed by Otto Porter Jr. with the Brooklyn Nets in 2017 — a deal the Washington Wizards finally matched.

Signal-and-trade offers are now not allowed as soon as Ayton indicators the provide sheet with Indiana. If the Suns do match the provide sheet, they cannot commerce Ayton wherever till at the very least Jan. 15 — and may’t commerce him to Indiana for a 12 months.

Namakian of Innovate Sports activities and Duffy of BDA Sports activities and WME had insisted to the Suns that they may discover a most contract provide for Ayton within the market, and they’re now delivering it with the provide sheet. The Suns had by no means made Ayton a proposal, suggesting they did not worth him as a max participant. If they do not match the sheet, the Suns will lose the 2018 No. 1 choose with out compensation.

The most important provide sheet signed by a group that wasn’t matched was when Harrison Barnes was signed by the Dallas Mavericks for 4 years and $94.four million in 2016, the identical summer time Barnes’ former group, the Golden State Warriors, signed Kevin Durant as a free agent.

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Ayton, who turns 24 subsequent week, was drafted with the primary total choose within the 2018 NBA Draft out of Arizona, a part of a star-studded draft class that included Luka Doncic (third), Jaren Jackson Jr. (fourth), Trae Young (fifth) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (11th).

After making the All-Rookie first group in 2019, Ayton has developed into a top quality beginning middle, averaging 16.three factors and 10.5 rebounds per recreation whereas serving to anchor Phoenix’s protection throughout its run to the 2021 NBA Finals — the primary time the franchise has reached the league’s championship spherical since Charles Barkley led the Suns there in 2023.

He averaged 17.2 factors and 10.2 rebounds this previous season, whereas taking pictures 63.four % from the sector and 74.6 % from the foul line.

After an excellent common season, ending with the league’s finest file, Phoenix’s postseason ended with a blowout loss to the Mavericks in Recreation 7 of the Western Convention semifinals — a recreation Ayton spent a lot of the second half watching from the bench.

When requested why that occurred after the sport, Suns coach Monty Williams stated, “It is inside.” Ayton, in the meantime, declined to speak to reporters after the sport.

Indiana traded Malcolm Brogdon earlier this offseason and Domantas Sabonis final season, shifting into a brand new period centered round an thrilling younger backcourt of rising star Tyrese Haliburton and rookie Bennedict Mathurin, the sixth choose in final month’s NBA Draft out of Arizona.

ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks contributed to this report.