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As expected, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed veteran center Tyson Chandler, the team announced in a new release.
Chandler was waived by the Phoenix Suns two days ago, then cleared waivers to enter free agency.
The new contract for Tyson Chandler will pay the veteran $2,109,867 with the Lakers incurring a cap hit of $1,333,140. Chandler agreed to shave $2.1M off his $13.6M salary with Phoenix. Chandler is eligible to be traded Feb. 6, one day before the trade deadline.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 6, 2018
Per the Lakers’ website:
“The big man — who said he picked L.A. among about five teams — joins the Lakers after having his contract bought out by Phoenix.
“Chandler’s game bears some resemblance to starting center JaVale McGee, as both men pride themselves on above-the-rim scoring, rebounding and defense.
“Though the 36-year-old has seen his minutes and production decline after nearly two decades in the NBA, he is still an explosive leaper who feasts on lobs.”
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) November 7, 2018
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.
In seven games with the Suns this season, Chandler is only 12.7 minutes and putting up 3.7 points and 5.6 boards.
For his career, the 7-foot-1, 240-pound Chandler, the second overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers and traded that night along with Brian Skinner to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Elton Brand, carries averages of 8.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 28.2 minutes 1,086 games (875 starts).
“It means everything…”
The LA native talks about returning home to play in front of family, and help the franchise he grew up watching. pic.twitter.com/Gl2L1jurL1
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 7, 2018
An All-Star in the 2012-13 season, the well-traveled Chandler has also played with the Bulls, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the New Orleans Hornets, the Charlotte Bobcats, the Dallas Mavericks (twice) and the New York Knicks before landing in Phoenix for the 2015-16 season.
— Colton Jones contributed to this report.