It seems that, as a Suns fan, I'm getting all too used to using this phrase, but...I'm confused...
Tyson Chandler has reached agreement on a four-year, $50 million-plus contract with the Phoenix Suns, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
We have committed $70m contracts to two guards, drafted several young wings with promise, as well as used a Top 5 pick on center Alex Len. We don't have a huge amount of cap space left and could really, really use a power forward who can help on the boards, while scoring down low and/or stretching the defense out wide. Especially since last year's starter not only failed to either progress or mature, he's also facing possible jail time. A case could perhaps be made for a high-level SF (or at least a solid 3-n-D guy), depending on the plans for the current logjam there.
Instead, they spend $13m a year on yet another center - one who is approaching his mid-30's and has 14 seasons of tread worn off of his tires, already; one whose 75 games last year was the most he'd played in 7 years (and a total he's only surpassed three times in his career); and one who, even when healthy and in his prime, has been a limited offensive player that can't shoot free throws. Plus, he and Len cannot play together - so, either he's going to be one damn expensive backup or that Top 5 pick (who finally started showing some progress last year) is headed back to the bench.
Yes, Chandler helps defensively - but I was kind of hoping the idea was to find someone to combine with Len, who also can be a disruptive force on defense, and really improve the defense as a whole. Also, apparently they signed Chandler and then brought him into the meeting they were having with LeMarcus Aldridge. Though I can see how having him on the team might make the Suns more appealing to Aldridge, I'm not sure how we could possibly afford Aldridge after spending the money on Wilson. There was talk about a possible sign-and-trade with Dallas involving Chandler and Brandon Wright, but even then, it would take quite a bit more maneuvering to free up money. If that actually happened, somehow, that would be huge. However, I'm not holding my breath - and I'm still confused.