The Los Angeles Lakers made their acquisition of veteran center Tyson Chandler official Tuesday, signing him two days after he reached a buyout deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Tyson Chandler, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12 and winner of an NBA title with Dallas in 2011, is in his 18th NBA season.
He brings much-needed depth at center to a Lakers team that is still finding its feet after the addition of superstar LeBron James this season.
They have relied heavily on veteran JaVale McGee, who is averaging 26.2 minutes per game, the first time in seven years he has averaged 20 or more minutes.
“Lakers plan to sign Tyson Chandler”
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General Manager Rob Pelinka said he had discussed the move to sign Tyson Chandler with Chief of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson, as well as coach Luke Walton.
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“Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this young season, one of the areas that Earvin and I discussed with Luke that we desired to upgrade is interior defence and rebounding,” Pelinka said.
“In Tyson Chandler, we addressed that need, and so much more. We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience to our Lakers team that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core.”
The Lakers have allowed a league-worst 59 points per game in the paint and they’re ninth-worst in rebounding percentage.
Now, Tyson Chandler is joining L.A. after agreeing to a buyout with the Suns. At 36 years old, can Chandler make a significant impact on the Lakers? pic.twitter.com/nogl7JpbXm
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Tyson Chandler, 36, owns career averages of 8.6 points (.596 FG%), 9.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in 1,086 career games for Chicago, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dallas, New York and Phoenix.
The Los Angeles native sought a buyout from his Phoenix contract to become a free agent as the Suns put their focus on the development of their younger players this season.
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