Suns update: Deandre Ayton (illness) downgraded to out Tuesday vs. Hornets

Duane Rankin
Arizona Republic
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Deandre Ayton has downgraded from doubtful to out for Tuesday’s game against Charlotte after missing the last two games with a non-COVID illness.

The Suns big was at the practice facility for the morning shootaround, running on the treadmill during media viewing availability. He was listed doubtful Tuesday morning.

Devin Booker (left groin strain), Cameron Payne (right foot sprain) and Landry Shamet (sore right foot) are listed out for Phoenix (24-24), winners of its last three games.

Payne will be evaluated again in a week after recently being re-evaluated.

The Suns announced on Jan. 7 Payne would be re-evaluated in two weeks. So Payne would've been due for a re-evaluation on Saturday, Jan. 21.

(L-R) Suns' Cam Johnson, Landry Shamet, Cameron Payne, Chris Paul and Dario Saric celebrate a basket against the Pacers during a game at Footprint Center in Phoenix on Jan. 21, 2023.

The backup point guard hasn't played since Jan. 4 at Cleveland. He's missed Phoenix's last nine games. Payne previously sat nine games with a right foot strain, returned on Jan. 2 at New York and re-injured his foot the next game at Cleveland.

Booker is scheduled for his re-evaluation this week. The Suns announced on Dec. 28 Booker would be re-evaluated in four weeks. Based on that, Booker would be re-evaluated as early as Wednesday.

The All-Star guard hasn't played since re-aggravating his groin on Christmas Day at Denver. He's missed 14 consecutive games with the left groin strain after sitting three games with groin soreness.

Suns wing Torrey Craig said Booker was looking to have 1-on-1 action Tuesday.

Suns coach Monty Williams indicated last week Shamet may be out an extended period of time with the foot injury, saying the team was gathering more information on it.

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Shamet had missed three games with a sore right hip, returned Jan. 16 at Memphis, but has missed Phoenix's last two games with right foot soreness. Shamet suffered a stress fracture of his right foot in college at Wichita State.

Chris Paul returned Sunday after missing seven games with a sore right hip. The All-Star guard scored 22 points and handed out 11 assists in Phoenix’s 112-110 win over Memphis at Footprint Center.

Charlotte (13-35) lost, 120-102, Monday night at Utah (25-25). The Hornets are down former Suns wing Kelly Oubre Jr., who had surgery on his left hand earlier this month.

LaMelo Ball (right wrist soreness and left ankle soreness) and Cody Martin (left knee soreness) didn't play Monday.

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