The New York Knicks continue to receive calls concerning center Tyson Chandler, yet the franchise are not interested in trading the player according to reports from ESPN's Mark Stein. 

31-year-old Chandler, who stands at an imposing 7'1", is a vital figure for Mike Woodson's side and provides the Knicks with a crucial element of defensive stability.

The former Dallas Maverick, selected with the second overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft, has struggled with injury problems this season and the Knicks missed his formidable presence badly earlier this year when he was sidelined for six weeks with a broken leg.

The Knicks have endured a mostly torrid season to date, with Woodson failing to get the most out of a team that were expected to be challenging the Miami Heat for supremacy at the top of the Eastern Conference.

Their form has shown signs of recovery recently, however, with Saturday's 102-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers their fourth consecutive win. 

Chandler has missed the Knicks' last three games due to upper respiratory illness, but the 2011 NBA champion will hope to return for Monday night's clash against the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden.

Jeff Hornacek's Suns, who were last week rocked by the news that starting point guard Eric Bledsoe is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee problem, come into the game on the back of two-straight road losses against the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons.

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