Ayton targets Finals return

21 October 2021 22:48:19 GMTPlus11
Ayton focused on reaching Finals

Deandre Ayton says his full focus is on helping Phoenix Suns reach the NBA Finals series again despite his contract situation.

 

Phoenix are 14/1 to win the NBA Championship outright.

Deal disappointment for Ayton

Ayton had been eligible for a five-year maximum extension but no deal was reached before the deadline to sign a new contract passed. 

The 23-year-old center played a key role in helping the Suns reach last season's Finals Series, where they lost in six games to Milwaukee Bucks, but Phoenix opted against offering him a five-year deal and Ayton could become a restricted free agent next summer.

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Finals the target for Ayton

Phoenix opened the new season on Wednesday night as they were beaten 110-98 at home by Denver Nuggets, and Ayton discussed his situation with the franchise after the game.

"Really one thing about me throughout my whole life I've always learned to control what I can control," Ayton said after the defeat to Denver, via Arizona Sports. "At the same time, obviously I’m disappointed but I'm still trying to get us back to the Finals.

"I still have to represent the team and myself as well. And I'm just a competitor, man. I just like to compete to the best and every time I’m between them lines that’s what you're gonna see outta me, nothing else."

Phoenix are next in action on Friday when they head to Los Angeles Lakers, who lost 121-114 at home to Golden State Warriors in their season opener.

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