The Los Angeles Lakers have officially inked veteran center Tyson Chandler for the rest of the season after he cleared waivers on Tuesday afternoon.
“Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this young season, one of the areas that Earvin and I discussed with Luke that we desire to upgrade in interior defensive and rebounds. In Tyson Chandler we addressed that need and so much more, general manager Rob Pelinka said. “We are excited that Tyson will bring positive shape our young core. We are thrilled for Tyson to join us as we progress towards our ultimate goals as a team.”
This comes shortly after it was announced that he had cleared waivers after being bought out of the final year of his four-year, $52 million deal that pays him roughly $13.6 million for the 2018-19 campaign. The Suns had initially had plans to let him play out his deal, but this is an opportunity for him to earn more playing time elsewhere he should get more time in the frontcourt in Los Angeles.
Throughout his career, Chandler has been one of the best rebounding big men in the league averaging 9.3 boards per game in his career with 3.3 offensive rebounds per contest. He had seen his role decrease dramatically with the Suns this year after the selection of rookie Deandre Ayton, he has remained a huge asset on the glass averaging 5.6 rebounds and 3.7 points in 12.7 minutes per contest in seven games played all off the bench.
This should help a huge area of need for the Lakers with their rebounding ranking 18th in the league with 44.4 rebounds per contest. Aside from center JaVale McGee, who is putting together a career-best start to his first year with Los Angeles averaging 14.4 points with 7.5 rebounds and a league-best 3.4 blocks per contest. Chandler could be in line for some consistent playing time off the bench behind McGee that see him take up more of the playing time from third-year center Ivica Zubac.
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