Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Tyson Chandler to sign with Los Angeles Lakers after buyout with Suns

Tyson Chandler to sign with Los Angeles Lakers after buyout with Suns

And with the Suns no closer to winning than the day he signed with them, and Chandler being 36, it makes ideal sense that he'd be looking for a new home.

James' left Cleveland in July after signing a four-year, $154 million which gives new life to the Lakers, a storied franchise that dominated for periods of the 1980s and 2000s but missed the playoffs in the last five seasons.

Chandler provides Los Angeles with a true backup center, and a solid rim runner to pair with LeBron James.

Tyson Chandler has agreed to a buyout with the Phoenix Suns and plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. 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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With all signs pointing to Chandler joining the Lakers, what can he bring to the team?

Tyson Chandler is going home. The Lakers have outscored their opponents by 7.2 points per 100 possessions when McGee is on the floor with a defensive rating of 103. While Tyson Chandler is still capable of holding down a decent dosage of bench minutes, Phoenix has shown a tendency to play more small ball this season and deploy Ryan Anderson as their backup center. Also, adding him will greatly reduce the amount of minutes McGee plays, helping him stay fresh throughout the rest of the season.

As the Los Angeles Lakers will assembling their roster via free agency, it quickly became apparent they lacked size. But the urgency of the situation amid their slow start surely forced the Lakers to make a move sooner than they wanted.

Chandler is coming off of a season in which he averaged 6.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game as the starting centre for the Suns. If, however, the Lakers consider the position fixed with the addition of Chandler, they may regret that decision.

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