Tyson Chandler is opening the NBA rumors mill early about his status next season after challenging his current team, the Phoenix Suns that he wants to leave if the franchise is in rebuilding mode and will struggle again next year.
The 33-year-old veteran center wasn’t shy in stating that at this point of his career, he wants to play for a contender and not for the Suns, if they will not improve next season.
“For me, especially where I am in my career, I want to win. 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,” Chandler said in an interview via Arizona Republic, in a statement that will most likely open NBA rumors of him demanding a trade out of Phoenix.
One team that could be interested in Chandler are the Dallas Mavericks, who still have the pieces to contend for a playoff spot but lacks big men. Chandler played for the Dallas in 2010-2011 and 2014-2015. The Mavericks had Chandler starting at center when they won the title in 2011 and the NBA rumors of Chandler going back to Dallas could pick up again because of their history together.
Chandler also played for the Chicago Bulls (2001 to 2006), New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2006 to 2009), Charlotte Hornets (2009 to 2010) and New York Knicks (2011 to 2014). He was acquired by the Suns via free agency in the 2015 offseason.
Chandler, who averages 6.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in 58 games for the Suns in the current season, will be one of the top centers available if the Suns management decide to trade him next year.
The Dallas Mavericks are expected to find another big man in free agency and the NBA rumors of landing someone like Chandler are also anticipated by the end of the season.