It is no secret that Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns currently finds himself on the trade block. Every player from James Harden to Damian Lillard who has been linked with a move this offseason, has found themselves mixed up with Ayton in the process.
Whether that is in a player-for-player swap (Harden), or as part of a more complicated, multiple team deal (Lillard), Ayton’s name continues to get brought up. Even Julius Randle and the New York Knicks aren’t impervious to the chatter, despite handling their business very well in recent seasons.
But what if it is the less talked about Milwaukee Bucks who end up being the link in getting a deal done for both Ayton, and also Lillard?
Gerald Bourguet of PHNX Sports, a former site expert here at Valley of the Suns, recently put together an excellently comprehensive list of all of the potential moves the Suns could make if they are to finally move Ayton.
As you would expect some make a ton of sense, while some are harder to sell if you’re the Suns especially. All are technically possible though, and in every scenario Ayton ends up leaving the franchise that drafted him first overall back in 2018. Here is one of the more out there deals he is proposing.
There’s a lot to get through here, with a pair of All-Star guards moving conference and Ayton getting a fresh start next to rookie sensation Scoot Henderson and a chance to one day be named an All-Star himself on a team that feels closer to being his than the Suns ever did.