Deandre Ayton Stats
- Height / Weight
- 83 / 250 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/23/1998 (25)
Deandre Ayton Last 10 Games
Deandre Ayton News
Portland Trail Blazers center Deandre Ayton (back) is expected to play on Sunday in Milwaukee. The former Sun is battling lower back soreness, keeping him out of Wednesday's contest against the Utah Jazz. But he recently returned to practice, which is a good sign, and the probable tag nearly confirms he'll be in the lineup versus the Bucks. However, anything can happen, so Duop Reath, who started on Wednesday night, would presumably remain in the middle if Ayton suffers a setback. Unfortunately, Reath isn't someone fantasy managers can depend on to fill the void.
Portland Trail Blazers center Deandre Ayton looks set to have a bigger role on his new team, according to head coach Chauncey Billups. "We are not bringing Deandre here for him to be (Joel) Embiid, where we throw him the ball 30 times a game and say 'All right, go be the MVP,'" Billups said. "Like, that's not going to be his role. However, he will probably have a more expanded role than he had in Phoenix. But again, we have a lot of young guys who are figuring out these things take time." Ayton was an 18-10 guy with the Suns last season, and his career-high in scoring stands at 18.2 points per game. His numbers likely won't see a huge rise in Portland, but even getting only a few extra touches on offense could easily help him become a regular 20-point scorer.
The Portland Trail Blazers are acquiring Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton as part of a three-team blockbuster trade that ships superstar Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks. Portland is also getting Jrue Holiday, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports they are looking to move the veteran to a contender. The Blazers are sending Jusuf Nurkic, Nassir Little, and Keon Johnson to the Suns in the stunning deal. Ayton's name was rumored to be in trade talks all offseason, and Phoenix effectively swaps him with Nurkic here. Ayton was originally set to be the fourth scoring option for the Suns, but that takes a sudden shift in Rip City with Lillard now out of the mix. The star big man is coming off fantasy drafts boards in the top-50 range, but his ADP should become a bit more expensive with a significant uptick in usage headed his way.
According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo, Suns center Deandre Ayton could be on the move. With Damian Lillard still in Portland, Fischer believes Phoenix and Utah may get involved to facilitate a three-way trade, possibly resulting in Ayton getting sent to the Trail Blazers and Jusuf Nurkic going to Phoenix. Of course, while there were countless updates surrounding Lillard over the summer, the latest scenario involving the 2018 No. 1 overall pick is intriguing, considering Monty Williams is no longer at the helm. But perhaps a change of scenery would benefit Ayton, who has been hit or miss from a production standpoint throughout his career. Nevertheless, with training camp around the corner, a deal involving the 25-year-old could happen sooner rather than later. However, Ayton's fantasy value won't be determined until managers know where he'll be playing this season.