The Ayton Plan

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Here's my thought for what to do about Ayton:

First of all, don't extend him this summer under any circumstances. Let him show what he's got in 2021-22. Hope he looks better.

Then, play the usual posturing game of announcing that you'll match any deal. Don't offer anything until the free agency period starts. Keep your ears open to chatter about who really wants him.

Seek out a sign-and-trade partner. By the summer of 2022, Chris Paul will be gone and the Suns will have ridden their little vanity playoff cameo for what it was worth. We'll have a better idea about whether certain players, particularly Johnson, Crowder, Saric, and Payne, are long-term fits. (I'm assuming that Bridges will be in the keeper group.) Ayton should have pretty good trade value, so it shouldn't be too hard to bring in additional quality pieces, but probably not another star.

Then get lucky in the draft or free agent market.
 

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Maybe the best thing the Suns can do to help Ayton is add a defensive power forward and more size upfront. The Suns would not receive equal value in a trade so I think this is the easier fix. Suns invested in too many guards and wings this past off season.

If he under performs in the playoffs I wouldn't pay him until he becomes a RFA. It never hurts to test his trade value this summer though.
 

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Another thing to consider (the idea been mostly been shot down before) is add a center and play Ayton at power forward. This would immediately give the Suns more size upfront.

Finding usable centers is usually much easier than power forwards. Ayton doesn't seem to relish going up against bigger centers.
 

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Another thing to consider (the idea been mostly been shot down before) is add a center and play Ayton at power forward. This would immediately give the Suns more size upfront.

Finding usable centers is usually much easier than power forwards. Ayton doesn't seem to relish going up against bigger centers.

Add a strong defensive center and move Ayton to the 4 spot and yeah, maybe that could work. It's possible we could even be really good doing that but we'd essentially be turning Ayton into a poor man's Channing Frye and he might not like the 12 million a year that kind of play is worth. And that's if we could find a really good defensive center which isn't easy to do and if the guy has little to no offense we'd be throwing Booker and Paul to the wolves.

Anyway, without a doubt we'd be better if we could add a solid or better player at the 4 or at the 5. But IMO moving Ayton to the 4 is likely to leave us outmatched every night at both spots. And right now even with DA's frequent disappearances, I believe we win the battle at the 5 spot more than half the time.
 

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Add a strong defensive center and move Ayton to the 4 spot and yeah, maybe that could work. It's possible we could even be really good doing that but we'd essentially be turning Ayton into a poor man's Channing Frye and he might not like the 12 million a year that kind of play is worth. And that's if we could find a really good defensive center which isn't easy to do and if the guy has little to no offense we'd be throwing Booker and Paul to the wolves.

Anyway, without a doubt we'd be better if we could add a solid or better player at the 4 or at the 5. But IMO moving Ayton to the 4 is likely to leave us outmatched every night at both spots. And right now even with DA's frequent disappearances, I believe we win the battle at the 5 spot more than half the time.

Adding a center is probably the easiest move that's why I mention it. It immediately gives the Suns more size upfront. Playing power forward has worked out well for Anthony Davis and he gets to the basket. I'm not saying this is the right move but I wouldn't dismiss it either.
 

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Adding a center is probably the easiest move that's why I mention it. It immediately gives the Suns more size upfront. Playing power forward has worked out well for Anthony Davis and he gets to the basket. I'm not saying this is the right move but I wouldn't dismiss it either.

Anthony Davis played PG in his teens; he reads the court, handles the ball and passes to a degree DA will likely never equal. If we had AD we could move him to the 4 spot too and pair him with an average center and be very good. DA is not AD and never will be but that doesn't mean that DA can't become an elite player.

DA, when he's giving effort, is great at shutting down penetration and when he does that he makes life easier for our perimeter defenders. If we get that out of Ayton I could care less about his scoring because that Ayton makes us a very good team. We had a much better scoring version of Ayton last season but he didn't impact the final score like this season's version has. We just need him to do this 9 out of 10 games rather than the roughly 4 out of 7 we've seen from him so far.
 

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Anthony Davis played PG in his teens; he reads the court, handles the ball and passes to a degree DA will likely never equal. If we had AD we could move him to the 4 spot too and pair him with an average center and be very good. DA is not AD and never will be but that doesn't mean that DA can't become an elite player.

DA, when he's giving effort, is great at shutting down penetration and when he does that he makes life easier for our perimeter defenders. If we get that out of Ayton I could care less about his scoring because that Ayton makes us a very good team. We had a much better scoring version of Ayton last season but he didn't impact the final score like this season's version has. We just need him to do this 9 out of 10 games rather than the roughly 4 out of 7 we've seen from him so far.

It's hard to mention the name of a player without the inevitable comparison that I didn't intend to make.

My intent is only that Ayton playing power forward shouldn't be dismissed out of hand if he doesn't progress at center.

He may not turn into Anthony Davis but he may not turn into Channing Frye either.
 

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Here's my thought for what to do about Ayton:

First of all, don't extend him this summer under any circumstances. Let him show what he's got in 2021-22. Hope he looks better.

Then, play the usual posturing game of announcing that you'll match any deal. Don't offer anything until the free agency period starts. Keep your ears open to chatter about who really wants him.

Seek out a sign-and-trade partner. By the summer of 2022, Chris Paul will be gone and the Suns will have ridden their little vanity playoff cameo for what it was worth. We'll have a better idea about whether certain players, particularly Johnson, Crowder, Saric, and Payne, are long-term fits. (I'm assuming that Bridges will be in the keeper group.) Ayton should have pretty good trade value, so it shouldn't be too hard to bring in additional quality pieces, but probably not another star.

Then get lucky in the draft or free agent market.

No, definitely not this. We were on that train for a decade.
 

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Maybe the best thing the Suns can do to help Ayton is add a defensive power forward and more size upfront. The Suns would not receive equal value in a trade so I think this is the easier fix. Suns invested in too many guards and wings this past off season.

If he under performs in the playoffs I wouldn't pay him until he becomes a RFA. It never hurts to test his trade value this summer though.
I sooooooo wanted drummond crappy he ended woth lakers could match well with ayton defense wise
 

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No, definitely not this. We were on that train for a decade.

That was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the reality is that the Suns don't have the talent base to become a contender, and "Larry Bird isn't coming through that door." So it's either be content with 50-and-fade -- which is surely a big improvement over the last decade -- or start scratching off lottery tickets hoping to beat the odds.
 

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Here's my thought for what to do about Ayton:

First of all, don't extend him this summer under any circumstances. Let him show what he's got in 2021-22. Hope he looks better.

Then, play the usual posturing game of announcing that you'll match any deal. Don't offer anything until the free agency period starts. Keep your ears open to chatter about who really wants him.

Seek out a sign-and-trade partner. By the summer of 2022, Chris Paul will be gone and the Suns will have ridden their little vanity playoff cameo for what it was worth. We'll have a better idea about whether certain players, particularly Johnson, Crowder, Saric, and Payne, are long-term fits. (I'm assuming that Bridges will be in the keeper group.) Ayton should have pretty good trade value, so it shouldn't be too hard to bring in additional quality pieces, but probably not another star.

Then get lucky in the draft or free agent market.


I think this is spot on. The Suns would be smart to emulate Toronto, Portland and Houston's strategies of never tanking and staying competitive. Once you have a competitive team, which the Suns now do, I think they can stay competitive for 5 or so years as long as they don't make any catastrophically stupid moves. Signing Ayton to a max extension is an obvious candidate for this type of blunder. We'll see.
 

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Add a strong defensive center and move Ayton to the 4 spot and yeah, maybe that could work. It's possible we could even be really good doing that but we'd essentially be turning Ayton into a poor man's Channing Frye and he might not like the 12 million a year that kind of play is worth. And that's if we could find a really good defensive center which isn't easy to do and if the guy has little to no offense we'd be throwing Booker and Paul to the wolves.

Anyway, without a doubt we'd be better if we could add a solid or better player at the 4 or at the 5. But IMO moving Ayton to the 4 is likely to leave us outmatched every night at both spots. And right now even with DA's frequent disappearances, I believe we win the battle at the 5 spot more than half the time.

a Poor mans Channing Frye? Seriously?
 

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Ayton is not a power forward - at all.

I don't even understand why someone would suggest that. He is bad outside of 15 feet, and really he is bad outside of 5 feet.

What he needs is to work on his post game, and moves off the dribble.
 
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