With the Phoenix Suns' recent disappointing loss to the Dallas Mavericks, DeAndre Ayton’s future with the team seems more uncertain. Only playing 17 mins in an elimination game where everyone thought they would come on top, there seems to be a deeper issue behind it. Everyone also got word that Ayton was displeased when head coach Monty Williams benched him.
Ayton’s contract with the Suns is coming to an end, and he’ll be a restricted free agent. There are a lot of questions as to where he’ll end up playing next season. Will he try and work things out and re-sign with the Suns? Is he going to look for a new team where he will be valued more? One thing is for sure though, free agency in the NBA will be an exciting time.
Despite this, the San Antonio Spurs could possibly have an edge in getting the disgruntled center from the Suns. From the talented young core to the family environment, there are a lot of reasons Ayton should consider joining the Spurs.
1. The Spurs have a young star point guard
There's no question the Spurs have a talented group of young guys, so joining them will be easy, right? Well, not really. The current group the Spurs have hasn't really won anything yet. I get it, they're still developing as NBA players. They've lost both of their Play-In Tournament games in the last two seasons and it's probably frustrating for them to experience those losses.
In Phoenix, we saw Ayton's numbers drop when Chris Paul came into the mix, and even his usage rate dropped during Paul's first year with the team. But that's something beyond Ayton's control.
Don't worry, I'm not here to bash the Spurs' young core. Their young leader, Dejounte Murray, has seen incredible improvement over the last two years. If I was Ayton, I'd love to play with a point guard that can do everything. With the Spurs, a big like Ayton that is light on his feet and can position himself to get easy baskets will be extremely valuable.
If Ayton gets paired with a guard like Murray, the Spurs can get back to winning and competing in the playoffs once more. Because of Murray's All-Defensive qualities, Ayton won't have a hard time playing defense. I mean, Murray just finished a season where he led the league in steals. If that doesn't get you to consider joining the Spurs, I don' know what will.