Perhaps McDonough is just trying to mess with other general managers here in order to make it look as though the Suns could be taking a talent other teams are keeping a close eye on outside of Doncic and Ayton. He already knows who is going to pick him. He has lived in Arizona since 2015.
Ayton flirted with the idea of playing alongside Suns star Devin Booker, telling media "That's Shaq and Kobe 2.0 ..." This is my one and only workout. Phoenix also has the No. 16 pick and flexibility in free agency, so other moves could be made to help the franchise move forward.
"He's certainly a unique player and a unique talent that I think would fit in great with the rest of our roster".
"I know I'm going No. 1", Ayton said after his workout with the Suns Wednesday. "I have a whole country on my back that I'm representing and I just want to fulfil that achievement", he said. McDonough provided his feedback on how he felt the overall workout went with Ayton, "He showed us what we expected to see".
When the seven-footer stepped to the podium after McDonough concluded his remarks, it became evident that Ayton has himself set on playing for the Suns to begin his National Basketball Association career. I play my heart out on both ends of the floor, and I give it my all.
"We take that obviously as a compliment, he has a lot of strong ties to this area. Hakeem Olajuwon, his footwork down low, I learned a lot of stuff from those guys".
Ayton averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game for Arizona last season, his only season at the school.