Suns Notes: Chandler, Point Guard, G League, Roster

The Suns have reportedly been discussing buyouts with players as the team looks to free up a roster spot, tweets John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7. Gambadoro noted that those discussions included Jared Dudley and Tyson Chandler. Dudley was traded to the Nets in salary-shedding exchange for Darrell Arthur, who Phoenix is expected to buy out.

With Dudley gone, Chandler remains on the roster as a sturdy veteran presence. The 35-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and is set to make $13,585,000. In 46 games last season, Chandler averaged 6.5 PPG and 9.1 RPG for Phoenix.

At this juncture, however, reports that the Suns are looking to buy out Chandler are incorrect, tweets Scott Bordow of Arizona Republic. Given Chandler’s age and remaining salary, it would be likely hard to find a trade partner who takes on his contract without the Suns eating a significant portion. Also, with first overall pick, DeAndre Ayton in the fold, a veteran like Chandler could prove invaluable to the rookie’s development.

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16 thoughts on “Suns Notes: Chandler, Point Guard, G League, Roster

  1. BDUBS5218

    This league is rich with pgs so should be relatively easy to find one. The current year is developmental anyway for the suns. See how knight does this year, likely let him walk, unless he takes pay cut to stay. If the suns want to swing for the fences next year, try to pry Butler from Twolves this year, and throw the max at Kyrie. Knowing they want to play together and Booker/Ayton might be enough of a draw, they have the young assets to make moves.

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    • oriolesravenstimberwolves04

      What’s your proposal for Butler?

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      • BDUBS5218

        It is WC to WC so makes it a little tricky. Likely TWolves wouldn’t want to help Suns unless they absolutely know Butler is leaving. I think a package of;
        Warren = (Levine)
        Jackson = (Dunn)
        Criss OR Bender OR 1st rounder lottery protected/ Swap (Conveys to 2 twos). Whichever Wolves value more = (Markennen Pick)

        Gives Twolves value back from last year trade.

        If I’m the Suns I think Bender has a better future in that lineup so Id push to send out Criss.

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        • Z-A

          When that trade was made Butler had 2 years remaining this is a walk. Jackson wont be offered.

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          • BDUBS5218

            Butler gets you Kyrie, so worth it imo. Jackson is a nice player but only time will tell if he lives up to potential. Worth the risk to get two all stars.

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            • mcmillankmm

              Is that a lock to happen? Boston can offer more $$ than anyone else. Plus with Booker’s extension kicking in next year there would be less for Butler and Kyrie.

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              • BDUBS5218

                Not a lock, just an interesting scenario. They will have virtually no salary 19/20. Chandler is off the books after this season. Knight is the only big salary and is a trade candidate in a separate trade, at worse a buyout/stretch candidate to facilitate the signings. Warren is the only other big money but if you look at the proposed trade he is being sent-out for butler. Guys take less to play where/with whom they want to play. The numbers could work. *Not a Suns fan*

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          • BDUBS5218

            Only make the trade if agreement to sign extension. So your point is moot because he will stay for sure

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        • BDUBS5218

          Ideally; Kyrie, Booker, Butler, Bender, Ayton starting 5

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    • David D

      B. Knight doesn’t have to take a pay cut to stay in PHX; his contract is guaranteed thru the 2019/2020 season.

      As for finding a pg; Ryam McDonough is to busy collecting wing players. Too busy, to look for a pg, I guess.

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        • mcmillankmm

          I can’t see him taking a buyout when he’s getting paid $15.5 a year

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      • BDUBS5218

        Trade machine has his contract wrong my bad. Either way if hes not the future Suns should try to get value. If not move on. I like him coming out and has had some moments but his game was predicated on athleticism and jury is out if he still has the elite athleticism now.

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  2. Phoenix can wait until next summer & enter the Kyrie & Butler sweepstakes

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  3. Joe Covert

    I’m in the minority when it comes to Brandon Knight. I think without Bledsoe in the way, Knight will be an upgrade with Okebo playing a backup role. If healthy (a line we’re using way too much with AZ Sports these days), we will finally see what Knight can do in his natural spot.

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