Tyson Chandler plans to join the Lakers

Lynette Rowe
November 7, 2018

Tyson Chandler won a title with the Mavs team that beat the Heat during LeBron's first season there, and has a lot of playoff experience.

Chandler, 36, is in the final season of a four-year, $52-million deal signed with Phoenix in July 15 and is making $13.6 million this season, meaning he will nearly certainly pass through waivers and be available to sign with the team of his choice. Despite adding the world's best basketball player, the Lakers have struggled to win games. They need a big man that can fill in for JaVale McGee for 12-18 minutes per game, and Chandler can do that on the court while giving the Lakers another veteran presence in the locker room. He was a one-time defensive player of the year, as well as an All Star during his three impressive years with the Knicks.

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Tyson Chandler is swapping one purple element for another, as he looks destined to join the Los Angeles Lakers after coming to a buyout agreement with the Phoenix Suns. Chandler will sign with the Lakers, league sources tell ESPN. At 36, Chandler is no longer the dominant defender who played a key role in the Dallas Mavericks' 2011 championship run. Over the course of the season, no team has given up more than 71.9 percent shooting in the restricted area.

FILE - In this December 4, 2017, file photo, Phoenix Suns' Tyson Chandler heads up the court during the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. The Lakers have had a lack of size up front. But the urgency of the situation amid their slow start surely forced the Lakers to make a move sooner than they wanted. Chandler has averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in about 13 minutes per game this season. If, however, the Lakers consider the position fixed with the addition of Chandler, they may regret that decision.

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