Tyson Chandler made headlines in the summer of 2015 when se signed a mammoth four-year, $52 million contract with the Phoenix Suns. Closing in on the end of his second season with the Suns, Chandler was given the chance to be traded to a contending team for one last run at a title.
As his name surfaced in multiple trade rumors, Chandler sat down with general manager Ryan McDonough in a conference room at Talking Stick Resort Arena, and he was asked his preference.
To stay with the struggling Suns, or to be traded to a contending team for a shot at glory. After winning just 45 of his 105 Phoenix games, Chandler decided to stay.
“That’s true,” Chandler told USA Today after practice on Tuesday. “I feel like it’s a journey I started that I want to see through. If things change, I don’t know, but as long as I’m here, I’m going to try and do what’s right by these young fellas. I didn’t want to go nowhere. I wanted to be with these dudes and finish it out.”
Averaging 8.4 points and 11.4 rebounds a night for the Suns, Chandler has not been featured in a game since Feb. 15, an 11-game stretch in which the Suns have gone 4-7. Chandler’s input has now gone beyond the on-court involvement, becoming just as important as a voice for the young players coming through the system.
While $52 million over four years may be an expensive price to pay for a guy that doesn’t play, anyone that’s played the game of basketball knows that a teammate’s voice, rather than a coach, resonates incredibly.
If Chandler is to finish his career off with the young Suns, the odds of him winning one more ring are low, but his experience rubbing off on these inexperienced players is a priceless commodity.