JJ Redick, Patrick Beverley at odds over Deandre Ayton after Game 7

JJ Redick, Patrick Beverley at odds over Deandre Ayton after Game 7

JJ Redick and Patrick Beverley don’t see eye-to-eye on Deandre Ayton.

The retired player and Timberwolves veteran were on ESPN’s First Take Monday with Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim debating Ayton following Phoenix’s embarrassing Game 7 loss to Dallas, 123-90, that ended with the Suns big scoring just five points, a playoff career-low, on 2-of-5 shooting.

“Ayton’s fantastic,” Redick said.

Beverley quickly responded, “Whoa whoa whoa. He’s OK.”

Redick began his commentary about Ayton by asking what should the Suns do with the four-year center they drafted No. 1 overall in 2018 out of Arizona.

May 15, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) talks to center Deandre Ayton (22) against the Dallas Mavericks during game seven of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center.

Phoenix didn’t sign him to a rookie max extension heading into this season.

“There’s a reason they didn’t max him Stephen A., there’s a reason they didn’t max him,” Redick said, “Has nothing to do with playoff performance. He was good in the playoffs last year. The reason they didn’t max him was because there’s questions about his attitude and character. Boom. There you go.” 


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