Tyson Chandler Agrees To Buyout With Suns, Will Sign With Lakers

Doug Mendoza
November 7, 2018

Tyson Chandler will be bought out by the Suns and will sign with the Lakers, according to Marc Stein.

However, the Lakers' defense is 18.3 points per 100 possessions worse when McGee is off the floor, meaning Chandler's role, as well as his skillset, could prove to be a good fit with Los Angeles. However, he did not play a single minute against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. The veteran center is nonetheless expected to come off the bench behind JaVale McGee, another big with freak athleticism, and a limited shooting range. 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.

Tyson Chandler is swapping one purple element for another, as he looks destined to join the Los Angeles Lakers after coming to a buyout agreement with the Phoenix Suns.

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The Lakers have been struggling defensively this season. Among the 132 players who defended at least 150 shots in the restricted area in 2017-18, a group that includes many perimeter players, Chandler ranked 84th in terms of percentage allowed - not far ahead of Kuzma (67.9 percent). 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.

For the Lakers, they add a bit of depth to their most inexplicably shallow position.

There are various reasons why a move like this had to happen NOW for the Lakers. Chandler has averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in about 13 minutes per game this season. The next chapter of Tyson Chandler's career begins now in LA!

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