The Suns matched the Pacers’ four-year, $133MM offer sheet for Deandre Ayton but there’s still some lingering tensions between the center and coach Monty Williams. Ayton said on Tuesday he still hasn’t spoken with Williams since he was benched during the Game 7 conference semifinals loss to the Mavericks in the spring.
“I haven’t spoken to him at all, ever since the game,” Ayton told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and other media members. Asked what he plans to say to Williams when they do speak, Ayton replied, “I can show him better than I can tell him. It’s life. Nobody cares about the uncomfortable nature of it, it’s how you perform and what you bring to the table. What’s said is already said.”
Williams believes he’ll be able to mend fences with Ayton.
“I think 1-on-1s are always needed between guys I’ve been around for awhile,” Williams said. “Some guys need it and some guys don’t. I’ll identify that as the season progresses. I’ll talk to everybody as I always do during camp and it won’t be an issue at all.”
If things can’t be worked out, Phoenix will have to wait before finding a new home for Ayton. He’s not eligible to be dealt until January 15.
We have more from the Pacific Division:
- After missing all of last season due to a knee injury, Lakers guard Kendrick Nunn was a full participant in the team’s first practice on Tuesday, Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register tweets. “Getting the rhythm back and feeling good on the floor with no injuries, feeling pain-free and able to play is everything for me,” he said. “So today was a good day for me.”
- The Lakers officially announced Darvin Ham‘s coaching staff in a press release. Chris Jent, Jordan Ott, J.D. DuBois, Schuyler Rimmer and Zach Peterson are the newcomers, joining Phil Handy, Dru Anthrop and Jon Pastorek.
- The Kings expressed some interest in European star Sasha Vezenkov this offseason but he decided to stay at least for one more season with Greece’s Olympiacos. Vezenkov, a 2017 second-round pick, believes he made the right move, according to Achilleas Mavrodontis of Eurohoops.net. “It was the first summer in a long time that there was some solid talk, and the Kings showed interest,” he said. “Based on the information, what I heard, and what I had on the table, I decided that the best option for me was Olynpiacos. I don’t look back. I always stand by my decisions. I’m trying to prove that it was the best choice.”
2 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Ayton, Williams, Nunn, Lakers’ Staff, Vezenkov”
Expecting a less than ideal season for the suns.
CP3 getting old, Jae Crowder leaving, Ayton disagreement and now a lack of communication, lack of good additions in FA or the draft.
I personally don’t think CP3 Booker Bridges Johnson and Ayton will work out and the bench looks ugly. Like I’ve been saying this team is regressing. Luckily I think come Jan 15 and leaving up to the trade deadline you will have guys available. Below average teams will want to trade their top players if they think they can tank for Victor Wembanyama. Teams are always willing to press the rest button and Ayton will make sense for those guys.
Just a prediction but maybe if things don’t go to plan the suns can look into Pascal Siakim, DeAaron Fox, Julius Randle, Kristaps and Ben Simmons
CP3, Booker, Bridges, Johnson and Ayton was there best lineup all season. It can definitely work 50+ wins the past few seasons proves it and now with C. Johnson actually starting it opens up the middle more for Ayton. They definitely have to mend whatever was said during the playoffs. At the end of the day Ayton is a Top 5 Center in the league and it would be foolish to grab any of those predictions other than Paskal and the Raptors aren’t giving him up