The Phoenix Suns crept into free agency and signed Tyson Chandler to a four-year, $52 million contract, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Phoenix will take their agreement with Chandler into their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, hoping to compete with the the teams lined up for his talents.
Tyson winds up with a huge contract with a training staff renown for keeping their players healthy. The Suns also get the chance to make an intriguing case to Aldridge, giving him a defensive anchor and opportunity to play at his natural position as a power forward. Aldridge still intends to follow through with all of his scheduled meetings. Free agency has been progressing at a rapid pace, and several secondary targets have been signed to contracts while DeAndre Jordan and Aldridge continue through the courtship process.
The Los Angeles Lakers were said to be one of many teams interested in Chandler, but Phoenix came up with a big contract offer and good situation for him, along with a wildcard to play in a recruitment effort for Aldridge.