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Suns C Deandre Ayton OUT for Sunday’s game vs. Rockets

Ayton is dealing with a leg injury. We break down the fantasy basketball and betting implications.

Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns shoots the ball against the Sacramento Kings on OCTOBER 27, 2021 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Update: Once again, Ayton has been ruled out of a contest. This time, the center won’t play Sunday against the Rockets. Ayton made his last appearance against Houston, and apparently aggravated his leg injury during that game.

Update: Ayton is out for Friday’s game against Memphis. He was originally listed as doubtful, so this was always likely to end up in the center missing the game. Ayton did miss one game with the leg injury before playing against the Rockets, but it’s evident that action aggravated the problem. Hopefully for Phoenix, the young center recovers quickly.

Update: Ayton has been ruled out for Wednesday’s contest against the Trail Blazers. It appears the big man aggravated his leg injury when he played in last week’s game against the Rockets. The Suns are taking the cautious approach with the center, who was instrumental in the team reaching the Finals last season.

Update: Ayton has been ruled out for Monday’s contest against the Kings. It’s looking like this injury was much more severe than initially thought, although Ayton did play against the Rockets Thursday before being ruled out against the Hawks Saturday.

Update: Ayton has been ruled out for Saturday’s contest against the Hawks. The center did play in Thursday’s contest against the Rockets, so the Suns are likely managing his workload and being extremely cautious given his injury.

Update: Ayton has been ruled out of Tuesday’s contest against the Pelicans.

Update: Ayton is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The center left Saturday’s game with a leg injury and although Monty Williams considered the ailment as “not something serious”, it remains to be seen whether the big man will be able to play through it.

The Phoenix Suns got a 101-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday but center Deandre Ayton exited the contest with a leg injury. The big man finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes before leaving the game. Head coach Monty Williams provided the following update after the game, and Ayton’s setback is apparently not considered serious.

Ayton already failed to reach a contract extension with the Suns heading into the season. The big man was looking to capitalize on his impressive postseason as the Suns went all the way to the NBA Finals but the front office was not reportedly not willing to pay max money.

Ayton better hope this injury doesn’t keep him out for a while or becoming a recurring problem, as that could significantly impact his contract situation. The Suns are expected to be a playoff team in the West this season and currently sit at 2-3 after Saturday’s win.