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Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler
Position: C
Born: 10/02/82
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $13,000,000
Chandler and Watson entered the NBA draft in the same year, 37 picks apart, but their pro lives never crossed other than on Chandler’s screens until this season in Phoenix, where Watson unexpectedly became Chandler’s coach. “I’m excited with the direction we’re going,” Chandler said. “Of late, it’s showing in the win column but I just like what we’re doing. I like the mentality. I like the culture. I think things are really changing around here. It puts a little pep in your step.”
Tyson Chandler made it clear before Sunday’s game that, while this season has not gone like he envisioned in Phoenix, he is in it for the long haul with the Suns. “I’m not jumping ship,” Chandler said. “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 for a reason. I thought it was a young, promising team and I wanted to be a part of helping turn this around and help go to the next level. And I feel like I’m capable of doing that and this organization is capable of doing it.
The organization’s posture changed, and its undoing was two-fold, according to rival executives: 1) Signing 33-year-old Tyson Chandler to a four-year, $52 million deal on the belief that the move would entice free agent LaMarcus Aldridge to sign (spoiler alert, it didn’t); and 2) Underestimating Markieff Morris’ reaction to his twin brother being traded to Detroit. Chandler showing up for the Suns’ free-agent pitch meeting with Aldridge was great theater. “We walked in and we had no idea what he was doing there,” a person who attended the meeting told CBS Sports. “And then they said, ‘He’s with us now.'” The only problem with this bold plan was that it didn’t work. Now with Chandler once again struggling to stay healthy and Morris having diminished any leverage the Suns had to trade him, the Suns are stuck. The shakeup on the coaching staff didn’t help, and coach Jeff Hornacek still doesn’t have any security beyond this season.