DeAndre Ayton and Monty Williams still seem to be in a precarious position.
Ayton hasn’t spoken to his head coach since they fell out during the last Phoenix Suns game last season, the star center said Tuesday.
He also responded quickly when asked about Williams.
“I haven’t spoken to Monty,” Ayton said decisively. “I didn’t talk to him at all. Since the game.
Now that training camp is underway, that will soon change. However, Ayton did not seem to be interested in this conversation.
“I can show him better than tell him,” Ayton said.
Ayton and Williams reportedly fell out during the Suns’ second-round playoff series with the Dallas Mavericks last season. Ayton only played 17 minutes in the Suns’ crushing loss to the Mavericks in Game 7 of the series, and after the game, Williams rather humbly explained why. He said it was an “internal” matter.
Later on Tuesday, Williams was asked about Ayton’s comments, but he didn’t want to talk about it.
“Honestly, I won’t talk about it anymore because it just doesn’t make sense to keep talking about one guy after one game,” Williams said. via Duane Rankin of AZCentral. “We lost the seventh game.”
Ayton and the Suns have reportedly been in trouble for quite some time. Ayton, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN in May “didn’t feel valued” by the organization, which refused to offer him a rookie extension before the deadline. In July, Ayton nearly left for the Indiana Pacers as a restricted free agent, but the Suns agreed to a four-year, $133 million offer to keep him with Phoenix.
Ayton averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season, finishing fourth in the league after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2018 draft by the Suns.
Although Ayton showed up at the training camp, it seems that he and his head coach are still not on the same wavelength. And when asked if he was happy to be there, he was not convincing.
“Yes, I’m fine,” he said.
“When I’m in between those lines, man, I just work. I don’t play for myself. I have an organization on my chest and a name on my back that I am supposed to represent. I’m only here to work.”