Tyson Chandler is planning to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after receiving a buyout from the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. More
07 November, 2018, 03:45
Furthermore, the Suns went young and weren't giving Chandler much playing time.
Chandler, 36, plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he clears waivers, according to ESPN. He was a one-time defensive player of the year, as well as an All Star during his three impressive years with the Knicks.
The Lakers have in fact been strong defensively - with JaVale McGee on the court. Los Angeles is yielding 121.1 points per game, which is 28th out of 30 teams in the National Basketball Association.
In certain timeout situations, Luke Walton may be able to turn to Tyson Chandler for some help in how to improve in defensive situations, which points to the pedigree of Chandler and all that he has been through in this league.
Some of that difference is surely statistical noise over a small sample. When McGee sits, the Lakers have allowed opponents to make a shocking 75 percent of their attempts in the restricted area, per Second Spectrum. He will sign a one-year deal with the team for the rest of the season. However, he did not play a single minute against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. What's left to answer is whether Chandler is the right player for that role.
The Lakers kick off their season on October 18 with a visit to the Portland Trail Blazers before playing their first home game against the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center on October 20. After signing with the Suns back in the summer of 2015, Chandler never got close to making the playoffs in the desert. His $13 million-plus contract was up at the end of the 2018-19 season. He's seen minimal time off the bench through seven games this year. The Lakers are a talented team, but they are thin up front at the center position.
That raises the question of whether the Lakers might have been better off waiting for another center to come free on the buyout market.
There are various reasons why a move like this had to happen NOW for the Lakers.
This is a win for both the Lakers and Tyson Chandler.