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Deandre Ayton Next Team Odds: Pistons, Nets In Play For Suns Star

Deandre Ayton Next Team Odds: Pistons, Nets In Play For Suns Star

Deandre Ayton averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for a Phoenix Suns team that went to the NBA Finals in 2021 and was the No. 1 seed in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. 

He was doing it all on his rookie contract. Now that’s over, and he enters his first free agent market. Ayton’s people are seeking a max extension, but the Suns reportedly aren’t keen to give him $177 million over five years. If another team steps up, Ayton could be in a different jersey next season. 

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his hypothetical NBA odds on Ayton’s team for 2022-23. 

Deandre Ayton Next Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Brooklyn Nets+25028.6%
Phoenix Suns+27526.7%
Detroit Pistons+50016.7%
San Antonio Spurs+85010.5%
Minnesota Timberwolves+85010.5%
Indiana Pacers+10009.1%
Atlanta Hawks+14006.7%
The Field+70012.5%

Odds are projected and do not necessarily reflect odds that may be available on legal betting sites.

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Ayton was recently ranked as the No. 6 center in the NBA. At age 24 for the 2022-23 season, it can be assumed the best is yet to come in terms of his career. 

The Suns have the right to match any offer proposed by another team, or they can work with another team in a sign-and-trade deal that offers something back. 

That said, it appears other teams believe Ayton deserves more than the Suns do. The Pistons have all-but said aloud how they hope to make the Suns center a key part of their rebuild. They are in better shape cap-wise and have trade pieces to make it possible, one of the few teams that can make either option work. 

The Nets are seeking a trade partner to move disgruntled superstar Kevin Durant. A sign-and-trade involving Ayton is very much a possibility, with the Suns touted among the favorites to land KD. Adding Durant to play alongside Devin Booker and Chris Paul would be too much to pass up. 

The Timberwolves have wanted to find a shot-blocking center so Karl-Anthony Towns doesn’t have to be that guy. The Pacers, too, have been rumored to have interest in Ayton as they reshape their roster. 

The Hawks reportedly don’t see Ayton as a max-type player but like him enough to possibly do a sign-and-trade. The Spurs just acquired three first-round draft picks from the Hawks for star Dejounte Murray, so if Phoenix would prefer draft capital over immediate help, that offers San Antonio a boost. 


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Can you bet on these Ayton odds?

At one point earlier this week, DraftKings in Arizona had a market open for Ayton's destination. The Suns were favored at +130, while the Nets' odds were slashed from a high of +4500 to a low of +275. That was primarily driven by speculation over Kyrie Irving's future in Brooklyn and reported Nets interest in Ayton should Kyrie depart. The market was removed after Kyrie opted in with the Nets.

Arizona sports betting fans should keep a close eye on their DraftKings app to see if the market returns.

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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been estabilshed as one of the nation's premier NFL and MLB handicappers, and his horse racing and PGA picks have produced major winners over the last 12 months.