Tyson Chandler expected to sign with Lakers

Grant SmithNov 07, 2018

He was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season and played in the All-Star Game the following season. Over the course of the season, no team has given up more than 71.9 percent shooting in the restricted area.

It looks like Tyson Chandler will soon be a free agent.

Tyson Chandler will be bought out by the Suns and will sign with the Lakers, according to Marc Stein. It starts with the fact they do not have any reliable backup big men to play behind JaVale McGee.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said that the Suns and Chandler, who was slated to make more than $13 million this season before his contract expired, had agreed to a buyout for some time. And he's appeared in 1,086 games, which is 10th most among all active National Basketball Association players. Many people are probably surprised he stuck around in Phoenix for so long with the lack of minutes and opportunities, and many benchings in favor of young players.

While the 2018-19 sample (15 shots) is not meaningful, Chandler saw his rim protection slip the previous two seasons. Chandler may not be the same player he once was, but the 36-year-old veteran can still play solid minutes as the backup center. After signing with the Suns back in the summer of 2015, Chandler never got close to making the playoffs in the desert. That said, if the Lakers are counting on getting the Chandler they remember as a feared defender during his time in Dallas and NY, they may be out of luck. The Suns have requested waivers on Chandler.

Chandler should provide some much-needed depth to the Lakers' group of centers. Here are three reasons to like this move for the Lakers if it takes place.

This is a win for both the Lakers and Tyson Chandler.

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