Tyson Chandler is the one in the middle of potential trade rumors these days, a move seen to free up some cap space for the Phoenix Suns. After a not-so impressive season, his standing with the team may not be far off from Greg Monroe of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Chandler is entering the second year of his $52-million deal with the Suns, but a trade could give Phoenix more salary space. Several teams have been mentioned as possible landing spots such as the Charlotte Hornets.
Chandler Taking Dwight Howard’s Place?
With Dwight Howard moving to the Atlanta Hawks, the Rockets have a gaping hole in the middle. James Harden is there to lead the charge, but their frontline is obviously in question.
They have a couple of big men to try and fill the void. That includes Clint Capella and Chinanu Onuaku at center. At the power forward postion, the Rockets have Nene Hilario, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer and Ryan Anderson according to the Valley of the Sun.
The names mentioned don’t exactly ring a bell and everyone knows that the Rockets needs some toughening up at the forward line. Chandler could be the guy to get that done though it may be short-term.
Houston will need a conduit team to acquire Chandler. The team has used up most of its $94 million so adding the 33-year-old veteran may need a lot of pencil-pushing.
Can The Houston Rockets Take Off Before Other Teams Arrive?
Chandler finds himself an unlikely hot commodity if the Rockets join the fray. The 7-foot-1 big man seems to be far off from the franchise plans and is not ready to ‘tank’ for the coming season.
The belief is that the Suns will be rebuilding and that means Chandler will have to become a mentor, which may be something he didn’t sign up for. As they are, he wants the team to sign up key pieces to improve their chances. However, Chandler’s wishes don’t seem like a reality — one reason why he could be jumping ship soon.