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Suns reach buyout agreement with Tyson Chandler

Suns reach buyout agreement with Tyson Chandler”

Perhaps Tyson Chandler heard LeBron James today when the Lakers star forward lamented the Lakers team defense without JaVale McGee, because he's coming to help the Lakers out in that department. The Lakers are a talented team, but they are thin up front at the center position.

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to sign center Tyson Chandler after he completes a buyout with the Phoenix Suns, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Marc Stein of the New York Times. And with the Suns no closer to winning than the day he signed with them, and Chandler being 36, it makes ideal sense that he'd be looking for a new home.

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

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.

Sitting at 3-5 on the season, Los Angeles has given up an average of over 121 points per game. The Lakers rank No. 21 in the league in defensive efficiency.

However, the Lakers will have to wait a few days for Chandler to clear waivers before he's able to join them.

It's his highest since playing 27.4 minutes for the Washington Wizards during part of the 2011-12 season.

Chandler is considered one of the strong, veteran leaders in the league, and he will be a welcome addition to a largely youthful Lakers locker room.

Chandler now plays for the Phoenix Suns, though Phoenix is building for the future and is willing to part with veteran pieces.



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