Phoenix Suns rumors: Ayton and Bridges eligible for extensions this summer; Paul also wants a new deal

Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react following a fourth quarter time out against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges are two players that could get contract extensions this summer. Ayton and Bridges were drafted in 2018 and are keys to the Sun’s success moving forward. Phoenix is hoping to lock those two in, especially if Chris Paul declines his player option for next season.

Paul has a $44.4 million player option which he intends to decline. Paul is looking for a new multi-year deal in the $100 million range.

The team already signed Devin Booker to a $158 million deal in 2018. Phoenix might not have the capability of keeping everybody, especially if they’re all seeking max deals.

Ayton will most likely receive a max extension like some of the top players in his draft class. Players like Luka Doncic and Trae Young will also be eligible for extensions this summer.

Ayton is averaging a double-double for his career and is playing his best basketball in the postseason. If he signs a new deal this summer, Ayton would earn close to $30 million his first year.

Bridges is improving each year in the league and is also eligible for an extension. He set career highs in points per game and three-point percentage in 2021. However, that means his contract won’t be cheap. Bridges could receive more than $20 million per year.

The Suns could be in trouble this summer. It could be problematic if their top four players are all on enormous contracts.

Chris Paul is the oldest and not part of the long-term plan in Phoenix. However, he is a huge reason the Suns are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Both Ayton and Bridges will be eligible for contract extensions this summer. However, Phoenix has a lot to figure out if they want to keep their same group together for another season.

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