DALLAS, TEXAS - MAY 12: Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns dunks the ball against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of Game Six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at American Airlines Center on May 12, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

On Thursday the Phoenix Suns matched the Indiana Pacers’ 4-year $133 million dollar offer sheet for center DeAndre Ayton, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Giving him the clear to come back to the Suns.

The Suns had until Saturday at 11:59 pm to match the offer sheet and did it immediately. This was the biggest offer sheet in NBA history.

The Suns gave no indication of doing a sign-and-trade deal with the Pacers. This gave all indications that the Suns would go ahead and match the offer. If they hadn’t then they could’ve lost their star big man for nothing.

Ayton was on the All-Rookie team in 2019 and since then has developed into a solid big man in the league. While he was the anchor for the Suns during their 2021 NBA Finals run, he averaged 16.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

After a great regular season and the league’s best record, the Suns’ postseason runs ended in a humbling way. They were blown out by the Dallas Mavericks and Ayton spent most of the second half on the bench. When asked what happened coach Monty Williams said, “It’s internal.”

It is good that the Suns were able to come back to Ayton. At first, they were not going to give Ayton a max contract. Ayton’s agents insisted they could get a max offer from another team and they delivered on that. Putting pressure on the Suns to give Ayton a contract.

This does put the Suns out of the race for Kevin Durant this off-season. Now that Ayton is back with Phoenix they can’t trade him until Jan. 15 and they can’t trade him for a full year without his consent.

The Suns were one of Kevin Durant’s preferred destinations to land since asking for a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets asking price is steep and now it is becoming clearer that Durant might have to stay put in Brooklyn until they can find a good trade that will make them happy and any other teams involved.