The Phoenix Suns’ center, Deandre Ayton, is likely to get traded to the Wizards this summer. The Suns are now seen as a contender. They have built a strong roster. They landed Bradley Beal this summer. On the other hand, the Wizards are headed to a rebuilding phase, and they might send away the remaining good players to start the rebuild from scratch.
Ayton played a total of 67 games for the Suns last season and averaged 18 points, 1.7 assists, and 10 rebounds per game. The Suns would like to have the Wizards’ Kyle Kuzma on their roster. Are they going to exchange Ayton for Kuzma?
Here is all the information you need about the trade between the Phoenix Suns and the Washington Wizards involving Deandre Ayton.
What would the Wizards offer for Deandre Ayton?
The Wizards can offer Kyle Kuzma and Daniel Gafford in exchange for Deandre Ayton and Damion Lee in this double swap deal. The Suns already have Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, and Chris Paul on their roster, apart from Ayton. They also landed Kevin Durant this summer since they know they are going to be contenders this season. The Wizards might trade Kyle Kuzma sooner than expected since they could not get enough for Bradley Beal due to a delayed trade.
#Sources — Teams continue to show interest in Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton. Suns remain firm in that Ayton is a part of future plans with the organization. Dallas and Detroit are two teams who continue to express the most interest. #NBA
— NBATradeReport (@NBATradeReport) July 24, 2023
Why would the Wizards like to sign Deandre Ayton?
Kyle is not a solution for long-term plans, and that is why the Wizards would not mind trading him, but Grafford is a young defender, and if they put their faith in him, they might not do the deal at all. But they might for Ayton’s offensive skills and do the deal.
People just choose to forget about these stats when talking about Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns… pic.twitter.com/QRJspKpO5m
— Vincent 🌵 (@VincentKeyes1) August 17, 2023
Why would the Suns let Deandre Ayton go?
The Suns are preferring defense over offense here, they are getting Grafford who is apparently a better defender than Ayton. The main motive here is landing Kyle Kuzma who is a great passer, defender, and shot-creator. He will consolidate the Suns’ offense. He can be used both as a starter and a sub.
Will the Wizards be making a mistake by swapping Grafford for Ayton, and is Kyle’s transfer necessary for a rebuild? Will the Suns let Ayton go? We’ll keep you updated.