Tyson Chandler Comments on Future with Suns, Desire to Win Championship and More

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2016

Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler plays during the second half of an NBA basketball gameagainst the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Friday, March 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Tyson Chandler was supposed to be a key piece to help the Phoenix Suns make a playoff push for the first time since 2010, but things have not worked out for him or the team since he signed a four-year deal last summer.

Now, with the Suns owning the Western Conference's second-worst record, Chandler told the Arizona Republic (via CBS Sports' James Herbert) his frustration at how things have played out: "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."

This does mark a change in approach for Chandler, who told ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon last month he was not planning on "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.

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.

Whether it's frustration with how the Suns are playing right now or a sign he may have checked out on this season, Chandler is having a disappointing campaign. The 33-year-old is averaging just 6.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in 58 games, his lowest marks since the 2009-10 season.

The Suns gave Chandler a $52 million contract last July, as he was coming off a tremendous year in Dallas with 10.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. He also started a career-high 75 games for the Mavericks.

Phoenix was coming off a 39-43 record last season, one year after winning 48 games. This seemed like a franchise heading in the right direction, but as the wheels fell off this season, head coach Jeff Hornacek was fired and Markieff Morris was traded to Washington.

Chandler, a 15-year veteran, certainly doesn't want to endure another rebuilding effort. He just may not have a choice unless the Suns can find a team willing to take on his contract this offseason.