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Lakers news: Tyson Chandler excited to play with LeBron James

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The veteran big man is amped for the opportunity to play with the four-time league MVP.

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The Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday afternoon signed veteran big man Tyson Chandler for the rest of the season after he cleared waivers. 

This has presented him with his first opportunity to play for not only the franchise but also marks the first time he will get to play alongside LeBron James in his career. This is something he touched upon during Wednesday’s shootaround stating that he was excited to have the chance to team up with the four-time league MVP. 

“LeBron is the greatest player of our generation, so to be able to lace’em up with him is a great opportunity. Like I told him, I am going to follow his lead. He’s an incredible leader. I’m looking forward to add to that and looking to add to that.”

Chandler is in his 18th season in the league having played for six other teams prior to joining the Lakers while spending the last three-plus years with the Suns where he has continued to provide a strong source of rebounding and paint presence and a veteran leadership in the locker room. 

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. He will likely take up playing time behind JaVale McGee off the bench.

This is a chance for him to make a notable impact with the franchise on a revamped roster led by James that has their eyes on reaching the playoffs and going much further than that.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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