Suns' Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler Reportedly Available Ahead of 2017 Deadline

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 07:  Brandon Knight #3 and Tyson Chandler #4 of the Phoenix Suns walk the court during the first half ot he preseason NBA game against the Sacramento Kings at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 7, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

With the Phoenix Suns sitting in last place in the Western Conference, they have reportedly made guard Brandon Knight and center Tyson Chandler available ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Suns are actively shopping both Knight and Chandler, but interest has been tepid thus far.

The 25-year-old Knight is in the midst of his worst NBA season, averaging a career-low 11.0 points and 2.4 assists per game.

Due to the play of Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, Knight has been relegated to a bench role as a swing guard.

The former Kentucky standout is already on his third NBA team after previous stints with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, but he did average a career-high 19.6 points per game last season.

Chandler is in the midst of his 16th NBA season and second with the Suns after signing a four-year deal with the organization.

The 7'1" big man is a former NBA champion and NBA All-Star, and he is putting up 8.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest during the current campaign.

Phoenix's biggest challenge in moving either or both players is that they are under contract for multiple years at high salaries.

According to Spotrac, Knight has three years remaining on his contract at an average of $14 million, while Chandler has two years left with an average salary of $13 million.

Knight is still young with plenty of potential, which could make him attractive to an up-and-coming team in need of backcourt help.

Chandler may be nearing the twilight of his career at 34 years of age, but he is still a strong defensive presence who could immediately help a playoff run.

With Phoenix nowhere near contention, however, moving both players and featuring the likes of Bledsoe, Booker, Marquese Chriss and Alex Len is the team's best course of action.

Related

    Biggest X-Factors for NBA Title Contenders

    Featured logo
    Featured

    Biggest X-Factors for NBA Title Contenders

    Adam Fromal
    via Bleacher Report

    Winter Olympics End on a High Note

    Featured logo
    Featured

    Winter Olympics End on a High Note

    Matt Jones
    via Bleacher Report

    17-Year-Old Prospect Has Scouts Gushing

    Featured logo
    Featured

    17-Year-Old Prospect Has Scouts Gushing

    David Gardner
    via Bleacher Report

    NFL Scouts' Takes on Draft's Top QBs

    Featured logo
    Featured

    NFL Scouts' Takes on Draft's Top QBs

    Matt Miller
    via Bleacher Report