Throughout his NBA career, Tyson Chandler has established himself as dependable big man. He now finds himself in an interesting situation being a part of the Phoenix Suns’ youth movement. In light of that, Chandler recently told Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic that he plans on staying aboard with the team.
“He just wanted to know that what was changing was for the better and it involved a lot of love, compassion and a vision. When we got done with the meeting, his words were clear and simple. He was like, ‘Man, I love you. I love the vision. I love the young guys. I don’t want to go anywhere.’ And he’s come out and he’s damn sure played like he doesn’t want to be anywhere (else).”
Chandler is currently in the second year of his four-year, $52 million contract that would keep him in a Suns’ uniform for the foreseeable future. In light of that, he has logical reasons to want to leave the team given their struggles. He’s in his 16th season in the backend of his career and could use that time to maximize his the abilities that he has left.
Instead, Chandler has embraced the youth movement with the organization and wants to be a part of their development. What also helps his case in that regard is that he’s still an extremely productive player averaging a career- best 13.3 rebounds while remaining a game-changer defensively. The Suns should be quite encouraged that Chandler is buying into the direction the team is headed in.