Tyson Chandler Trade Rumors: Suns Trying to Move Veteran in Eric Bledsoe Deal

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 13:  Tyson Chandler #4 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA preseason game against the Brisbane Bullets at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 13, 2017 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)
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The Phoenix Suns have reportedly explored including center Tyson Chandler in a trade involving disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe, according to the New York TimesMarc Stein.

Chandler has spent the past three seasons with the Suns and has one year remaining on his contract beyond the 2017-18 campaign.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough announced this week that Bledsoe was sent home and would not be with the team moving forward after he tweeted, "I don't wanna be here," per ESPN.com's Chris Haynes.

The 35-year-old Chandler is averaging 7.6 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in five contests so far this season.

Chandler is in the midst of his 17th NBA season after previous stints with the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.

He is among the NBA's most decorated centers with one All-Star appearance, a Defensive Player of the Year award and an NBA championship to his credit.

The Suns are clearly in the middle of a rebuild, and Chandler is one of the few veterans on the roster with a significant role.

Phoenix has several young options in the frontcourt who would get more playing time in the event of a Chandler trade, including Alex Len, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender.