Tyson Chandler expected to sign with Lakers

Tyson Chandler is planning to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after receiving a buyout from the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. More

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. The Lakers are a talented team, but they are thin up front at the center position.

The veteran center is in the process of being bought out by the Phoenix Suns and, once he clears waivers, he will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, according the Marc Stein of The New York Times. The sides agreed to a buyout on the $13.6 million left in the final year of his original four-year deal, sources said.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added that Chandler has been "anxious to find a new home amid the Suns rebuild". Assuming Chandler's buyout went into effect Saturday evening, Chandler cannot officially be signed by the Lakers until Monday evening, ruling him out for the back-to-back this weekend.

Chandler has seven appearances with the Suns this season, all backing up No. 1 overall draft pick Deandre Ayton. 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.

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While Chandler has struggled to be on the court in recent years, playing 47 games in games in 2016-17 and 46 games in 2017-18.

The Lakers will once again have to bring someone new into the fold, but a veteran like Chandler is a definite upgrade to a back-up center position that was now being filled in by two-way contract Johnathan Williams.

Chandler was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft, but has never played for either the Clippers or the Lakers.

Adding Chandler is an excellent move for the Lakers at this point in the season.

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