Tyson Chandler Will Help Pitch LaMarcus Aldridge After Agreeing To A Deal With Phoenix

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After a flurry of mostly expected activity on the first day of free agency, there’s finally a deal that will undoubtedly take the league by surprise.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and Marc Stein of ESPN, Tyson Chandler has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.

The 32-year-old spent only one season in his second go-around with the Dallas Mavericks after being traded from the New York Knicks last summer. Though he didn’t enjoy a campaign befitting his 2012 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014-2015, Chandler nevertheless reestablished himself as an immensely valuable contributor in the paint.

Counting on the influence of his reputation, the Suns have even bigger aspirations this summer, too.

The San Antonio Spurs’ trade of Tiago Splitter and signing of Danny Green freed up a considerable amount of cap space, further strengthening their position as leaders in the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes. But the four-time All-Star still left his Wednesday meeting with Gregg Popovich and company without an agreement in place.