The Phoenix Suns were well represented at the JUGLIFE Charity JUGLIFE Softball Game Wednesday night at Chase Field.
Devin Booker and Chris Paul exited.
So did Cam Johnson and Cameron Payne.
Mikal Bridges, Torrey Craig and even Iffe Lundberg, who just joined the team in March, made an appearance.
“It was amazing, man,” McGee said after the charity softball game. “I feel like we have the best camaraderie of any team in the league, and you can only tell by the turnout. Guys come to show love. Some guys have been out of town and still coming in. It’s just real love and it’s great to see guys. That energy.”
They all talked about enjoying their time together.
“It was amazing,” Johnson said. “I wish we could play a softball every week. I was going to play, but it was so much fun just having the guys together. Different environment, but still competitive. So much fun.”
There is also ongoing talk about their team looking to make changes after winning a franchise record 64 games in the regular season, but the Suns were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals by Dallas.
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Restricted free agent Deandre Ayton, who has never been into softball, is still the most popular name to head to free agency.
There have been consistent reports that the Suns are not looking to match a maximum bid sheet from another team and are likely to sign and trade with their starting position.
“I think they’re very excited to find a sign and trade, to get some assets for him,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said Wednesday during NBA Today on ESPN. “They don’t appreciate Deandre Ayton in a contract max. At 23 he fits in perfectly with this young group (Pistons general manager) Troy Weaver who works together in Detroit.”
The Pistons are one of the few teams associated with iTunes with the Pacers, Tottenham, Raptors and Hawks.
However, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reports that the Suns are open to matching a maximum bid, which would be for four years, $131 million, from another team.
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Suns can also pay Ayton more than anyone with a maximum five-year offer for $177 million. They refused to sign him for a five-year, $172 million maximum extension or any extension at all prior to this last season.
Fisher also reported that the Suns is testing the waters of commercial value for starter Jay Crowder, who is entering the final year of his $30 million, three-year deal.
Chris Haynes from Yahoo! Sports reports that the Suns are one of several teams that have an interest in Nicholas Batum.
The veteran striker has turned down a $3.3 million player option, but is expected to re-sign with the Clippers.
Lakers, Bulls, Celtics and Jazz are the other teams mentioned by Haynes.
HoopsHype reports that “NBA executives” believe Batum “could earn an average annual salary of $10 million.”
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