We know something is there to cause the Suns to hesitate on giving Ayton a Max. Luka absolutely does come to play, so does Trae Young , & Ja Morant does also. These young players all come to work. Cam Johnson has shown a sense of urgency to play well also but of course not to the level of the three mention prior.The examples you give demonstrate the Suns are willing to pay players when they feel they are worth a large contract. They opened their pockets much wider than I thought. It makes one question whether they had a legitimate reason for not giving Ayton the max or reaching an agreement for something slightly less.
I do think Cam Johnson will be paid less than Mikal Bridges and I wouldn't disagree with that.