The New York Times first reported Chandler's buyout.
A moment of silence is observed in honor of Philip "Flip" Saunders' passing before the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on October 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. No offense to either of these players, but the Lakers' defense suffers when they are in the lineup.
On Saturday night, the Lakers announced they would be signing Tyson Chandler, after he cleared waivers, following a buyout with the Suns. He's seen his playing time cut in half to start this season, going from 25.0 minutes per game to 12.7.
It looks like Tyson Chandler will soon be a free agent. The Lakers rank No. 21 in the league in defensive efficiency. He's a highly intelligent player who is very good at what he does. He will sign a one-year deal with the team for the rest of the season. He averaged 7.2 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 62.8 percent from the field in 166 games during his time in Phoenix. And he's appeared in 1,086 games, which is 10th most among all active National Basketball Association players. 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.
His contract is not set to expire for another season and there are 13.6 million dollars still to be paid, while in LA he will be paid a minimum of 2.1 million. Here are three reasons to like this move for the Lakers if it takes place. Chandler had a game-winning alley-oop dunk for the Suns in a game past year as time expired, so he knows exactly how its run. If, however, the Lakers consider the position fixed with the addition of Chandler, they may regret that decision.