Looks like Deandre Ayton spent his 23rd birthday Friday back in his homeland.
The Phoenix Suns center posted a video on his Instagram page of him holding his newborn son while getting on plane in the rain, followed by a second video in The Bahamas with "Happy Birthday" being sung to him.
While Suns coach Monty Williams, All-Star guards Devin Booker, Chris Paul and veteran forward Jae Crowder all expressed disappointment, hurt and frustration over losing the NBA Finals after Tuesday's Game 6 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Ayton was more upbeat when talking about it.
"I'm just really happy how the guys had a wonderful season playing together to get us where we are today," Ayton said after Game 6 at Fiserv Forum. "But at the same time we feel it, it leaves a little bad taste in your mouth, but at the end of the day this is just the beginning, man."
Ayton is eligible for a rookie extension — five-year max deal worth $168 million — this summer after signing a four-year, $40.3-million deal as the top overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Arizona.
The max extension wouldn't kick in until the 2022-23 season, thus giving the Suns some flexibility when it comes to Paul, who has a player option of $44.2 million he can opt into, opt out of to test free agency, or negotiate a multiyear deal with the Suns.