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Deandre Ayton On Not Signing An Extension With Suns: "It Didn’t Work Out And I Got It Out Of My Mind Right Way. What I Can Do To Make It Rub In Everyone’s Faces Is To Bust My Ass, Work Hard And Win Games."

Rising Star Deandre Ayton Is 'Very Unhappy' With Phoenix

It was a disappointing end to negotiations between Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns towards a contract extension. The big man was expecting a five-year max contract extension up to the tune of $172.5 million but the franchise did not think he is worth that much.

With negotiations ended, Ayton will be a free agent at the end of the 2021-22 season and will be eligible to consider offers from other teams.

The Bahamian was instrumental in the Phoenix Suns' championship run in the 2020-21 season. They reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993 where they lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. In 2021, they lost to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Regardless of past events, Ayton is focused on winning and is not at all stuck on the failed negotiation. According to The Undefeated's senior NBA writer Marc J. Spears, he said:

“It didn’t work out and I got it out of my mind right away,” Ayton, 23, said. “What I can do to make it rub in everyone’s faces is to bust my ass, work hard and win games. At the end of the day, it’s all about winning. If you want to get something and earn something in this league, you have to be a winner. Do something that leads to winning. Me putting my head down and working is just closing out all of that noise. I’m not really worried about all of that.

“You had the time to do the negotiations. You had a deadline and it didn’t work out. Boom, Bada, Bing. You still got to work. You still got to play in between the lines. Still got to make sure this dude don’t dunk on me, score on me or do something to win the game. Still got to do that. And that’s just my competitive spirit.”

Ayton has continued to show up to work determined to win and played his part in their 18-game win streak. So far this season, he is averaging 16.3 points and 11.1 rebounds. His execution of the pick-and-roll with Chris Paul is also a fun watch.