NBA Rumors: Tyson Chandler May Leave Phoenix Suns In Offseason

NBA Rumors: Tyson Chandler May Leave Phoenix Suns In Offseason
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Has Tyson Chandler started to show signs of age? Chandler is only in the first year of his four-year, $52 million contract with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns’ 7’1″, 240 lbs center is in the 15th year of his NBA career.


But Chandler didn’t succeed in guiding the Suns to the knock-out phase of the NBA. The Suns’ season fell apart and the franchise is looking forward to a rebuilding process. Phoenix is currently sitting on 19-50 record and are out of the reckoning for a playoffs berth. They are slightly ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers. Does Chandler feature in that process? The star has different ideas.

“For me, especially where I am in my career, I want to win,” Chandler said Friday, as reported by the Real GM. “I want to win now. I’m not in any kind of rebuilding stage. So if that’s the case, it ain’t where I’m supposed to be.”

With the cap space increasing in the league this summer, it won’t be hard to trade Chandler. But teams may not consider the 33-year-old as he has three years of his contract remaining. So, a trade may not be as easy as it looks. The Suns’ general manager, Ryan McDonough, will handle the rebuilding process slowly, and Chandlers may not like it. Suns are also waiting for the return of Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe.

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Chandler, though, revealed via ESPN this February, that he is not “jumping ship”, but that position has changed with the course of time. He wants to chase a championship and he is willing to land in any team which is a contender.

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