Restricted free agent center Deandre Ayton has agreed to a four-year, $133 million maximum contract offer sheet with the Indiana Pacers, his agents told ESPN on Thursday.
That effectively puts the ball in the court of the Phoenix Suns. They have two days to match that offer — the largest in NBA history — or allow the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft to walk without compensation.
The offer sheet for Ayton surpasses the one for forward Otto Porter Jr. in 2017. Porter was presented with a four-year, $107 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets in 2017, only to see the Washington Wizards match that offer.
Ayton, who will turn 24 later this month, averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in 58 games (all starts) this past season.
He has contributed 16.3 points and 10.5 rebounds in 236 career games (229 starts) with the Suns.
–Field Level Media