Report: Suns sign Tyson Chandler

( - The Phoenix Suns made a move to bolster both their defense and frontcourt on Wednesday's opening day of free agency, reportedly agreeing to terms with veteran center Tyson Chandler on a four-year contract.


According to ESPN, the 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year will earn $52 million over the life of the deal, which cannot be officially announced until July 9 under league rules.

One of the league's premier defensive anchors and rebounders, Chandler pulled down 11.5 boards per game while averaging 10.3 points over 75 contests with the Dallas Mavericks this past season. The 14-year veteran has been named to the NBA's All-Defensive Team three times over his career and was an All-Star with the New York Knicks in 2012-13.

Over 920 career games with the Mavericks, Knicks, Bulls, Hornets and Bobcats, Chandler has averaged 8.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. The 32-year-old also won an NBA championship during his first stint with Dallas in 2010-11.


Chandler is expected to provide the Suns with an experienced presence in the middle to rotate with 22-year-old Alex Len while upgrading the team's interior defense.


The signing comes shortly after the Suns reportedly retained restricted free agent guard Brandon Knight with a five-year, $70 million contract.


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