Suns’ Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson support teammate Deandre Ayton ahead of free agency

Phoenix Suns and Deandre Ayton will sit on the table this summer hoping to find a way to continue together. The latest reports around the NBA seem not to be what Ayton and the Suns want, as the team might not offer him the max money he demands.

Just a few days away from the opening of the free agency period, Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson shared their thoughts on his teammate and friend, who is expected to get paid this summer whether he decides to leave Phoenix or not.

“Things are going to play out over time,” Suns forward Cam Johnson said (h/t Arizona Sports). “Obviously, that’s our guy and we love having him around but the future will play out how it plays out.

I wish I had more of a say in what happens. We all wish we could just puppet master everything sometimes.”

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Mikal Brigdes has been very close with Ayton as they entered the league and began their NBA journey together in the 2018 NBA Draft. Bridges has signed a rookie scale extension with the franchise, but Ayton did not come in terms at the start of the previous season.

“When we talk and hang out, it’s just about life and just chilling, geeking around,” Bridges said. “We don’t really talk about none of that’s stuff. We just kind of talk about life and have fun.”

As he admitted, he’ll just wait and see how things will play out for his friend this offseason. During the 2021-22 season, Ayton averaged 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, while shooting 63.4 percent from the field.

“Obviously, I got no control,” Bridges said. “Just watch and see what happens and hoping he stays.”

Ayton has reportedly attracted interest from several teams, including the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks, as the Suns’ starting center will enter the market as a restricted free agent in a few days.

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