Suns center Tyson Chandler has heard the rumors, that Phoenix would like to include him in a deal with unhappy point guard Eric Bledsoe.

But, at 35 and in the final stages of his career, Chandler takes a matter-of-fact approach. And that includes not letting the rumors affect the way he goes about his job.

“At the end of the day I’m a professional and this is my team,” Chandler said. “So until anything changes, I’m going to give them everything I’ve got every single day.

"Just like everybody else, I hear the rumblings. I hear my name being involved in things and trade rumors but I’m at the point where I couldn’t care less," he said. "I go out there and do my job until the time somebody tells me different. Then I’ll have to address it.”

Chandler has embraced his role as the Suns’ leader. Interim coach Jay Triano said Chandler has “done a great job of helping the young guys understand what the NBA is all about. I’m lucky to have him as a player on this team.”


Chandler said if he ever did get to the point that he wanted to be traded and went to the Suns, “nobody would know about it.” He said he’s at the point of his career where he would feel comfortable having that conversation privately with Managing General Partner Robert Sarver and/or General Manager Ryan McDonough.

“And they can have a conversation with me if they felt like my time was done here and it’s time to go in a different direction,” Chandler said. “It’s a business. It’s not personal.”