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Deandre Ayton’s Next Team Odds – Suns Favored at +100

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by Sam Cox in NBA Basketball

Jun 28, 2022 · 12:35 PM PDT

Suns center Deandre Ayton.
May 15, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) against the Dallas Mavericks in game seven of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  • Deandre Ayton is one of the best free agents available this offseason 
  • The Pistons, Spurs and Pacers are all potential destinations for Ayton if he leaves Phoenix
  • Which team represents the best value when betting Deandre Ayton next team odds?

Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns ended the season in acrimonious fashion. Phoenix was unable to reach an agreement on an extension with Ayton last offseason, sending him into restricted free agency this summer. There was a clear fallout between Ayton and coach Monty Williams during their Game 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the second round, provoking weeks of rumors about Ayton’s future.

Despite their collapse against Luka Doncic and co, Phoenix is still among the favorites in NBA Championship odds for 2022-23, though that could change if they lose Ayton.

Speculation about Ayton’s future has been rife, yet the Suns remain the betting favorites in Ayton next team odds ahead of Detroit at +200 and San Antonio at +900.

Deandre Ayton Next Team Odds

Team Odds
Phoenix Suns +100
Detroit Pistons +200
San Antonio Spurs +900
Indiana Pacers +1000
Atlanta Hawks +1200
Charlotte Hornets +1600
Toronto Raptors +2000
Brooklyn Nets +2200
Portland Trail Blazers +2500
Houston Rockets +2500
Washington Wizards +3000
New Orleans Pelicans +3500
Chicago Bulls +3500
Oklahoma City Thunder +4000
Utah Jazz +4500
Orlando Magic +5000
New York Knicks +5000
Memphis Grizzlies +6500
Golden State Warriors +6500
Sacramento Kings +7000
Los Angeles Clippers +7000
Dallas Mavericks +7000
Minnesota Timberwolves +8000
Milwaukee Bucks +8000

Odds as of Jun 28 at DraftKings

Pacers Represent Value

The Indiana Pacers had a lost 2021-22 season. They drafted Bennedict Mathurin, Andrew Nembhard and Kendall Brown, furthering bolstering a perimeter group led by Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Chris Duarte. Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner are both believed to be available via trade, and Hield could even be involved in a potential sign-and-trade for Deandre Ayton.

The Pacers currently have $21 million in available cap space on top of their tradeable contracts. Turner, in particular, is a player the Suns would be very interested in to fill many of Ayton’s minutes. His rim protection and three-point shooting is a great fit on this Suns roster, while the outside shot of Hield could potentially be of interest.

Despite trading away Domantas Sabonis and finishing with the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference last season, the Pacers aren’t a franchise which is comfortable with a deep rebuild. Swapping out long-term trade candidate Turner for Ayton is a great way for the Pacers to remain relatively competitive in the short and long-term — a core of Haliburton, Mathurin and Ayton gives them something meaningful to build around heading into the middle of this decade.

If Ayton’s relationship with the Suns really is beyond repair, the Pacers look like an ideal suitor. They’re good value at +1000.

Stay Away from Detroit

With almost $26 million in projected cap space and plenty of rumors about interest in Ayton, it’s perhaps not surprising to see the Detroit Pistons at +200. This price, though, is far too short given the Pistons’ decision to swing a trade to then draft center Jalen Duren, who is set to start at the five alongside Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and Saddiq Bey.

Blocking Duren with Ayton would make little sense. As good as Ayton is, he’s not exactly a frontrunner in NBA MVP odds. He would be a good complementary piece to their exciting backcourt, but there are better fits for the Pistons in free agency, like Charlotte’s Miles Bridges. Alternatively, they could take the Thunder approach and use that room to acquire further assets from teams aiming to dump salary.

There’s no value backing the Pistons in Ayton next team odds unless the price lengthens considerably in the coming days.

Suns Stick with Ayton For Now

As the market suggests, Ayton remaining a Sun is the most likely outcome at the moment. Potential suitors have disappeared with the Pistons and Hornets drafting centers, while a high-profile sign-and-trade involving the Brooklyn Nets seems incredibly unlikely.

Phoenix might not be comfortable paying Ayton a max or something close to it, but they cannot afford to lose him for nothing. Perhaps they come to an agreement on a contract or maybe they let Ayton sign an offer sheet and match the deal. Even with a max contract, Ayton will still be an asset, and the Suns could survey the trade market for the former first overall pick in a few months.

Wagering the Suns to keep Ayton at +100 is a good value bet right now — there are very few other potential outcomes, barring a shock move from a team like Toronto or Portland, though neither franchise has been linked to Ayton much of late.

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