Tyson Chandler signed a four-year deal worth $50 million with the Phoenix Suns in the 2015 offseason with hopes that the team will be one of the playoff contenders this season. However, the Suns are currently struggling this year but the veteran big man said that he is committed to helping the team improve.
The Suns recently fired head coach Jeff Hornacek and promoted Earl Watson as interim head coach. The changes in the coaching department do not affect Chandler’s aim to help the young squad.
“I’m not jumping ship. If the organization decides to move me or something like that, then clearly that’s something that’s out of my control. But I came here and I came here for a reason,” Chandler said to ESPN.
The Suns currently have 14 wins against 15 losses in the 2015-2016 NBA Season, tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves for second-worst in the Western Conference. However, Chandler remained positive that he could still help the team this season.
“I thought it was a young, promising team, and I wanted to be a part of helping turn this around and go to the next level. I still feel like I’m capable of doing that, and I feel like this organization is capable of doing that. It’s just clearly some things have to change,” Chandler added.
The Suns have struggled with injuries to their key players this season. Eric Bledsoe, who is the best offensive player in Phoenix, is out for the season after a knee injury earlier in the year. The other star guard, Brandon Knight, has also missed games due to a groin injury.
By firing Hornacek, it appears the Suns are ready to give up on the season. Trading Chandler could be one of the options for the Phoenix franchise before the trade deadline and a move that will benefit the team especially if they can net young prospects in any Chandler trade.
Chandler is averaging 5.7 points and 8.4 rebounds this season.
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