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Tyson Chandler To Sign With Lakers

07 November 2018, 03:49 | Charlene Valdez

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He helped Dallas win the 2011 National Basketball Association title, and was an All-Star in the 2012-13 season. Also, adding him will greatly reduce the amount of minutes McGee plays, helping him stay fresh throughout the rest of the season. 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.

After playing sparingly for the Phoenix Suns through the first eight outings of their 2018 campaign, Tyson Chandler is set to move on after over three years with the club.

Chandler joins the Lakers center depth chart that has the aforementioned McGee.

Chandler, 36, plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he clears waivers, according to ESPN.

So there's no question the Lakers could use a rim protector for the minutes McGee is unable to play.

More generally, Chandler didn't do much to help a Phoenix defense that was the league's worst on a per-possession basis last season.

Chandler is earning $13.6 million this season which essentially guarantees he will pass through waivers easily.

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. He's seen minimal time off the bench through seven games this year.

That raises the question of whether the Lakers might have been better off waiting for another center to come free on the buyout market.

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

Signing Chandler doesn't necessarily preclude the Lakers from targeting another center down the road, and they could waive little-used Michael Beasley to create another roster spot.

This is a win for both the Lakers and Tyson Chandler.

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