Tyson Chandler Reportedly Agrees to Contract with Phoenix Suns

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

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Tyson Chandler has decided to leave the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, opting to sign with the Phoenix Suns, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Marc Stein of ESPN reported it is a four-year deal worth $52 million.

Prior to Chandler's signing with Phoenix, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported the Clippers could pursue a sign-and-trade for him if the team lost DeAndre Jordan, while ESPN's Chris Broussard reported the Milwaukee Bucks as a potential landing place.

Chandler, 32, told ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon on June 27 he understands the Mavs might want a younger option in the middle:

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Tyson Chandler on Mavs' pursuit of DeAndre Jordan: "Business is business. ... I get that they have to make right decision for franchise."

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Tyson Chandler: "I feel like I'll make the right decision for myself and my family and Mavericks will make the right decision for (team)"

"I'm not a free agent guy. You know, I just like to get things over with as soon as possible," Chandler also said, via Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

After spending three seasons with the New York Knicks, Chandler found himself traded back to the Mavericks in the summer of 2014. Throughout the following campaign, Chandler flashed the double-double potential that's made him one of the most reliable two-way centers over the past decade.

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According to Basketball-Reference.com, Chandler was one of just eight players to average at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and a block last season. Furthermore, Chandler and Pau Gasol (34) were the only players over 30 to join that club.

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Coming off a season during which Chandler made $14.6 million, according to Spotrac, it's difficult to envision him getting paid like a top-five center again next year as he continues to age.

That said, Chandler still has incredible value as a screen-setter, shot-blocker and cleanup man around the rim and will be an asset to any acquiring team.

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