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Report: Suns exploring including Tyson Chandler in Eric Bledsoe trade

Earl Watson, Tyson Chandler, Eric Lewis

Phoenix Suns’ Tyson Chandler, center, and Eric Bledsoe question referee Eric Lewis about a call as Suns head coach Earl Watson, left, looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Suns won 105-103. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

AP

The Suns are working on trading Eric Bledsoe – and maybe Tyson Chandler.

Marc Stein of The New York Times:

With Bledsoe headed out, Chandler fits even less than he did before in Phoenix – and the center didn’t fit before. He’s 35 and maybe still capable of helping a winning team with his rebounding and finishing (and rim protection still if he gets to a team that demands more effort?). To maximize his complementary skills, Chandler must play with savvy teammates.

The Suns don’t have many of those. They’re young and still learning how to play, losing a lot while they do. Already headed toward the basement anyway, Phoenix has made habit of tanking to maximize its lottery position.

But Chandler is due $26,585,000 over this season and next, sinking his trade value. If the Suns include him in a Bledsoe deal, they’ll get less return that if Chandler weren’t involved.

Problematically for Phoenix, even dumping Bledsoe (due $29.5 million the next two years) and Chandler won’t leave the team with a clean cap sheet. Brandon Knight is owed $43,893,750 the next three years, and Jared Dudley is due $19,530,000 over the next two. It’ll take more cap-clearing to create room for a major haul.

Perhaps, shedding Bledsoe and Chandler is the right start, but it’d be just a start – and one that brings in fewer positive assets than trading just Bledsoe would.