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PACERS COULD POTENTIALLY SIGN AYTON TO OFFER LEAF IN SHOCK TWIST

New details have emerged surrounding a potential transfer of Phoenix star Deandre Ayton to Indiana in a move that would be a blow to the Sun’s plans to use the center as a trade chip for Kevin Durant.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Pacers are interested in signing Ayton to an offer sheet.

“The Indiana Pacers are seriously considering giving him an offer sheet,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Thursday.

“They are also interested in negotiating a signing and trade with the Phoenix Suns for Ayton, potentially involving Myles Turner to be his replacement at center.”

As a restricted free agent, if Ayton decides he wants to join another team, then he can sign an offer sheet with that team.

Phoenix would then be presented with the terms of the deal and would have two days to match the offer sheet.

If the Suns chose to match with the intention of trading him later, they cannot trade Ayton until December 15 at the earliest (two months into next season) and cannot trade him to the team. offering for at least one year.

Phoenix, however, hopes to leverage Indiana’s interest in Ayton to help them land two-time NBA champion Durant in a potential three-team signing and trade deal with the Pacers and the Nets.

While no offer sheet is expected to be signed until Malcolm Brogdon’s trade to the Celtics becomes official on July 9, the news greatly increases the pressure on the Suns to strike a deal for Kevin Durant soon. , according to NBA reporter Evan Sidery.

MITCHELL IS LIKELY TO ASK FOR A TRADE

As reports surfaced yesterday that the Utah Jazz may be open to trading franchise cornerstone Donovan Mitchell for the right price, new details have emerged revealing the team have informed other teams. from the NBA that she “didn’t intend to trade” their star, according to the launderer’s report.

It comes after treaty Jazz Royce O’Neale and French center Rudy Gobert

More positive news for jazz fans, Brian Windhorst reported ESPN that the three-time All-Star also doesn’t plan to request a trade following the team’s recent moves.

“On Mitchell’s side, he’s going to stay pat,” Windhorst said.

“He’s not going to force any action at this time.”

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OWNER OF BLAZERS DODGE LADY IN MIDDLE OF COUNTERCOURSE

Embattled Portland Trail Blazers owner Jody Allen reportedly refused to speak to star point guard Damian Lillard who wanted to raise his issues with the way the team is run, according to the New York Post.

“Damian wanted to sit down and have a chat with Jody about the team and she didn’t call him back. Then he tried to email her. put in contact with [Blazers vice chair] Bert [Kolde]”said a team source.

“When you own a team, there are essential key decisions to be made and you should be the one involved in making those decisions.”

Deciding to ignore your franchise player when he’s already questioning your leadership is an interesting choice to say the least, but what’s worrying for Blazers fans is just the latest incident in a series of controversies surrounding Allen, dating back to 2011.

This will likely only increase recent public pressure for Allen to sell the team, after it was reported that she recently rejected a written offer from Nike founder Phil Knight and Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Alan Smolinisky to acquire the Blazers for over $2 billion.

Jody Allen inherited ownership of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks when her brother, Microsoft Corporation co-founder Paul, died of cancer in 2018.

This report follows an earlier statement released by Allen quashing rumors of a sale soon while noting that both teams would be sold in the future on an indefinite basis as part of his brother’s plan to “dedicate the vast majority of his wealth to philanthropy”. ”.

Chris Haynes from Yahoo Sports also recently reported that Lillard was unhappy in Portland.

“The huge backlash to the Portland Trail Blazers’ process to hire a new coach and concerns over whether a championship contender can be built have become factors that could push franchise player – Damian Lillard – out the door,” a league source said.

“Lillard has remained loyal to Portland in large part because of the huge fanbase. But over the past few days, he’s seen some of those same fans attacking him on social media for a pending coaching hire that he’s been waiting for. ‘he played no role in consumption.

While Lillard remains in Portland for the time being and will likely see how the Blazers’ recent roster moves play out next season, other incidents surrounding the management of the team like this could eventually force him to want to leave.

BAYNES ON THE BRING OF AN EXTRAORDINARY RETURN

Australian center Aron Baynes, 35, is set to make a big comeback to the NBA, nearly 12 months after suffering a neck injury that left him temporarily paralyzed, according to ESPNis Brian Windhorst.

The nine-year NBA veteran is expected to train for NBA teams Friday in Las Vegas in hopes of reviving his career after a freak fall in the bathroom while playing for the Boomers at the Olympics in Tokyo last summer, which left him hospitalized for almost two years. months and needing to learn to walk again.

Baynes’ agent Daniel Moldovan said ESPN that after spending grueling weeks regaining strength through daily physical therapy, his client is now ready to show teams his progress.

“It’s a remarkable comeback and a testament to all the hard work he put in,” he said.

GORDON ROCKETS TRADE REJECTION REVEALED

According to Kelly Iko of Athleticism.

Iko also reported that the Rockets received offers for Gordon from at least six teams before the draft, including the 76ers, Heat, Bucks and Suns, all of which had packages that included first-round picks rejected by Houston.

The Rockets aren’t desperate to offload the 33-year-old sniper, and unless a team comes back with an improved offer before the next trade deadline, they’ll be happy to have him on the roster before the camp and the regular season.

GRIZZLIES EXTEND UNREVISED GUARD

The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a three-year, $19 million contract extension with backup guard John Konchar, according to ESPNis Adrian Wojnarowski.

Konchar, who was not originally drafted from Purdue, has two more seasons left on his current deal, meaning this extension will lock him in until the end of the 2026/27 season.

The 26-year-old is one of the league’s best development stories, having transformed into an important rotational piece in the Grizzlies’ exciting young core, following an off-season where he posted career-high averages in points, assists and minutes over 72 games while shooting 51% from the field and 41% from outside the arc.

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