Chandler to be bought out by Suns, sign with Lakers

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Tyson Chandler, 36 years old, is a valued commodity for his rare mix defensive rebounding, rim protection, and freak athleticism. "We have to be even greater, but it's definitely good to have him on the floor, I'll tell you that", James said on Saturday.

Veteran big man Tyson Chandler will be bought out from the remainder of his contract by the Phoenix Suns, and once he clears waivers, the expectation is he will sign with the Lakers, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein.

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. Los Angeles has relied on rookie Johnathan Williams and third-year center Ivica Zubac behind starter JaVale McGee, struggling to find a consistent rotation.

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

Chandler has seven appearances with the Suns this season, all backing up No. 1 overall draft pick Deandre Ayton.

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Chandler's rebounding prowess in particular would be a welcomed addition to a Lakers team that now has one of the worst defensive rebounding rates in the league.

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.

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

Chandler is in his 18th season after entering the National Basketball Association draft out of high school in 2001. Phoenix next plays Sunday, at home against Memphis.

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