- Mar 8, 2015
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Maybe because Ayton can be a dominant force, while Mikail is viewed as at best the ultimate role player?I'm curious why is there so much attention being paid to Ayton's deal, but almost none to Mikal's?
To me he is nearly just as valuable, and there is far less chance we resign him because we will give Ayton the max if forced to.
The Suns aren't offering him a max deal. It's been said through multiple reliable Suns sources, and state radio is playing a Gambo promo saying as much as well. That's why this contract isn't done.
If some want to take comfort in whatever theoretical variance between max deals, that's fine, but I'd imagine almost everyone is most concerned as to whether or not it gets done.
Again, unless he's asking for something totally out of line, why is this all worth it?
https://www.brightsideofthesun.com/...landry-shamet-worth-a-lot-more-than-you-thinkAyton hasn't said he wants just the normal max, all reports seem to indicate he wants all of the escalators included while Sarver may have drawn the line at the straight max. We don't know and there is no report out there that indicates otherwise. That's the issue with these reports, they can be interpreted many ways because they're classing MPJ's deal with Luka's and saying they're equal when they're not. No report has said Sarver won't pay the $172 max with no options, for example, so claiming that he won't is how you view the reports we've seen. There is enough gray area in all of them that it should be clear to see why so many views here vary on the actual hold up.
If Sarver thinks Ayton is more Shai (maxing out at $172) than Michael Porter (who with escalators can max up to the $207), I can completely understand why Ayton is insulted and won't take less.
Even worse, why WOULDN'T you reward him with the supermax if he hits all NBA? All NBA players deserve it!
Would you seriously suggest Ayton take less than MPJ? At this point, it looks like Sarver is trying to use RFA to leverage Ayton into signing a max but not supermax deal, and Ayton is telling him to pound sand.
Great look for Sarver, and great move with a 23 year old who could be with your team for another 10 years!
Most teams that win the NBA title take great risks bringing on high salaried players, etc. It is a risk. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. If you want a title, guys want to be paid. If you win a title, guys want to be paid. It's your job to pick which guys get paid. As fans we may not like it, but maybe Sarver is willing to let Ayton walk. Maybe we can win a title with a lesser center? That's what the GM, Owner, and Coach have to figure out.
Again, I don't know Ayton, but I would take it as a sleight. I would still work hard, take my shot at winning a title this year, but I would view my efforts as building a resume for my next team.I don't think Sarver wants Ayton to walk. I think he wants him to prove paying him won't be a mistake. Regardless of if he's paid this offseason, Ayton's salary this season is the same. It's next season that is in question. For a player who has had his maturity and dedication questioned for the last 3 years there really isn't a better test of whether we saw in the playoffs was turning the corner or trying to get paid, other than asking him to keep it up and prove it this season. That could backfire and Ayton takes it as a sleight, which is reasonable.
We're stuck in the middle as fans. I just hope next season is awesome and don't want to think of impending doom. It's not my $200 million dollars.
Again, I don't know Ayton, but I would take it as a sleight. I would still work hard, take my shot at winning a title this year, but I would view my efforts as building a resume for my next team.
Maybe because Ayton can be a dominant force, while Mikail is viewed as at best the ultimate role player?
That's probably why it's harder to put a number on Bridges. I'd be ok up to about 25 for Mikail...any more than that could be difficult.
Either way, you can max out Ayton and pay Bridges 20+. You can't pay Bridges max money, but hopefully enough to get it done.