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A Phoenix Suns star’s monster contract demands could push him out of the Western powerhouse as the New York Knicks eye a crucial piece of the puzzle in Dallas.

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Wed 25 May

Wednesday May 25

SUNS STAR CASE MAX DEMANDS CREATE AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION

Keeping a team of superstars together and staying under the salary cap is never easy and it’s a problem the Phoenix Suns have to deal with.

DeAndre Ayton is set to become a restricted free agent and according to the Bleacher report, it is expected to command maximum pay.

However, the report claims the Suns are skeptical of such a gigantic offer.

It is not the first time that Ayton and the Suns have not met over his wage demands, as the Western Conference heavyweights were slightly surprised by the peak figure of over A$238m. over five years in negotiations last offseason.

DeAndre Ayton’s maximum salary could force the Suns to part ways with him. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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The Suns also struggled without Ayton for a seven-game streak in mid-January, with Javale McGee and Bismack Biyombo playing center and doing an appropriate job.

Given Phoenix’s success during that time, did he prove the team had a solution to Ayton’s absence at a significantly lower cost?

Either way, Bleacher Report says there are five realistic teams that could push for Ayton: Atlanta, Detroit, Portland, Charlotte and San Antonio.

Charlotte has a gaping hole in the central position while Spurs also have plenty of wiggle room in the salary cap.

Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic is set to become a free agent and could be involved in a trade deal, while the Pistons could part ways with Jerami Grant in a potential deal.

Five teams could be looking for DeAndre Ayton. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

KNICKS EYE UP MAVERICKS STAR

Like the Suns, the Dallas Mavericks could face a salary cap crisis if they want to keep one of their stars.

Jalen Brunson has taken his game to a whole new level in the play-offs, underlining his importance to the team.

However, if Dallas wanted to retain him, a deal for Brunson could cost upwards of $25 million.

With six stars already earning between $14 million and $28 million, that could force the Mavericks to part ways with Brunson to stay within their spending means.

Brunson is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and The Athletic reports that the New York Knicks are looming as the team most likely to land his signature.

With the Knicks looking for a point guard and Brunson’s dad Rick saying his son will be considering a move to New York, it looks like the stars are aligning for the star of the game. Mavs goes to the Big Apple.

Brunson could be a victim of a tightening of the Mavericks’ salary cap. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

ACE RAPTORS FACE MAJOR $160M RIDDLE

The future of Raptors star Fred VanVleet is of major interest not to Toronto fans, but to the NBA world as a whole.

With one year remaining on his current contract, VanVleet has a big decision to weigh.

Does he quickly negotiate a deal with the Raptors, or pull out of his senior year and hit the free agency market sooner than expected?

According to Eric Koreen of The Athletic, VanVleet is expected to stay at Toronto on a four-year, $160 million deal that would start in the 2023/24 season.

However, Koreen also raised the possibility that several league teams could create cap space to accommodate VanVleet’s salary if they wanted to make a splash in the free agency market.

Kyle VanVleet faces a major decision. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

BEAL “LEANS TOWARDS” MONSTER DEAL

Bradley Beal’s future is set to be decided as he continues his rehabilitation after season-ending wrist surgery in February.

Beal had his cast removed at the end of April and it will still be some time before he returns to the pitch.

But according to the Washington Postthe injury did little to change the 28-year-old’s immediate playing trajectory.

The Washington Post reports that Beal is “still leaning toward” signing a multi-year deal with his current team, the Washington Wizards, in a deal worth around $351 million.

Beal has spent his entire career thus far with the Wizards and this latest deal will likely keep him well into his senior years.