Chandler bought out by Suns, to sign with Lakers

Tyson Chandler and his release is a move that has the NBA concerned about the state of the Suns.

Tyson Chandler is about to be on the move.

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.

Chandler, 36, is in the final season of a four-year, $52-million deal signed with Phoenix in July 15 and is making $13.6 million this season, meaning he will almost certainly pass through waivers and be available to sign with the team of his choice.

That, according to Stein, is the Lakers, who are getting solid minutes out of JaVale McGee in the pivot, but are severely lacking while he is off the floor.

In 27.1 minutes per game, McGee is leading the NBA in blocked shots at 3.3 per contest, while also averaging a career-high 15.5 points and 7.5 boards and 1.3 assists, while shooting 63.2 percent from the field.

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.

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).

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.

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