AP Source Suns buying out Tyson Chandler


Tyson Chandler had been languishing in Phoenix for some time.

The sides agreed to a buyout on the $13.6 million left in the final year of his original four-year deal.

There was mounting anticipation that the Los Angeles Lakers were slated to make a move to their roster or coaching staff as the team limped out of the starting gate.

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

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James will join a young core group of players that includes 20-year-old Lonzo Ball and 23-year-olds Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart as well as savvy veterans Javale McGee and Rajon Rondo, who like James signed with the Lakers in the offseason.

On Saturday night, the Lakers announced they would be signing Tyson Chandler, after he cleared waivers, following a buyout with the Suns.

He helped Dallas win the 2011 National Basketball Association title, and was an All-Star in the 2012-13 season. He also gives the Lakers a shot-blocking defensive presence when people get beat on the perimeter. He's a highly intelligent player who is very good at what he does. Over the course of the season, no team has given up more than 71.9 percent shooting in the restricted area.

As @TheSteinLine reports, center Tyson Chandler is getting a buyout with the Suns and will become a free agent upon clearing waivers. (Chandler last averaged more than 1.4 blocks per game in 2006-07 at age 24.) However, as he's aged, Chandler has no longer excelled in that regard. He's seen minimal time off the bench through seven games this year. Here are three reasons to like this move for the Lakers if it takes place. If, however, the Lakers consider the position fixed with the addition of Chandler, they may regret that decision.