Suns buying out Tyson Chandler

NBA Free Agent Rumors: Lakers To Sign Tyson Chandler After Buyout With Suns, Clearing Waivers

NBA Free Agent Rumors: Lakers To Sign Tyson Chandler After Buyout With Suns, Clearing Waivers

Tyson Chandler is receiving a buyout from the Phoenix Suns. Los Angeles will mark the 36-year-old's seventh franchise after spending the past four seasons in Phoenix. Though Moritz Wagner could also potentially log minutes at the 5, his ongoing development will be a long process for the Lakers.

By adding Tyson Chandler, the Lakers will get a dependable veteran backup center who can block shots and deter people at the rim. With such an inexperienced core as well, Chandler brings championship pedigree to a young locker room, something that could pay major dividends for the Lakers come playoff time. With a slew of talented forwards such as Trevor Ariza, TJ Warren, and Josh Jackson, going smaller makes sense, which left Chandler as the odd man out. When McGee sits, however, the Lakers' defensive rating has ballooned to 118.4 points per 100 possessions, which would be the league's worst defensive rating.

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.

Heading into Saturday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers ranked 21st in defensive rating - down nine spots from last season, undermining the improvement L.A. has made at the offensive end of the court with the addition of LeBron James. He will sign a one-year deal with the team for the rest of the season. Signed as part of the plan that Phoenix also would land LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency and return to contention, Chandler instead saw the Suns win a combined 69 games during his time in Phoenix, the league's lowest total.

"They can pick up right where they left off... we're picking up from scratch", the three-time National Basketball Association champion told a news conference at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo.

In seven games this season, Chandler was averaging 12.7 minutes with the struggling Suns squad. The next chapter of Tyson Chandler's career begins now in LA!

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