Chandler and the Suns have agreed to buyout his $13 million-plus contract, a decision that the two sides had reportedly agreed to for some time now. The veteran is expected to join the Los Angeles Lakers. However, he did not play a single minute against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
The Lakers will once again have to bring someone new into the fold, but a veteran like Chandler is a definite upgrade to a back-up center position that was now being filled in by two-way contract Johnathan Williams.
Tyson Chandler is about to be on the move.
The Lakers have been struggling defensively this season.
As the Los Angeles Lakers will assembling their roster via free agency, it quickly became apparent they lacked size. While Tyson Chandler is still capable of holding down a decent dosage of bench minutes, Phoenix has shown a tendency to play more small ball this season and deploy Ryan Anderson as their backup center.
The 7-foot-1 Chandler averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in seven games for the Suns this season. This Lakers team has a mixture of veteran players and young guys trying to find themselves, but it does not have too many people who have made it all the way to the championship round and actually won it.
There are various reasons why a move like this had to happen NOW for the Lakers.
For Tyson Chandler, signing with Los Angeles is a bit of a homecoming, because he grew up in the neighboring area just south of Fresno, California.
And for Chandler, joining the Lakers allows him to leave a situation in Phoenix that seems to be going nowhere right now for one that could land him in the playoffs. If, however, the Lakers consider the position fixed with the addition of Chandler, they may regret that decision.