Lakers have agreed to sign Tyson Chandler after center waived

Lakers have agreed to sign Tyson Chandler after center waived

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.

"We love the fact that we're going to get another veteran", Lakers star LeBron James said Saturday night. "A guy who plays hard, a guy who's very smart and another champion to add to the champions that we have in this system here today, and it adds depth in our frontcourt, which we have had trouble with at times". With the Lakers, he'll likely be the backup to JaVale McGee.

Chandler, a native of Los Angeles, has been with the Suns since 2015.

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. Chandler was in the final season of his four-year deal with the Suns, and was due to make about $13.5 million this season.

Chandler, who spent has spent three seasons with Phoenix, has had a mutual agreement on a buyout for a while, one report stated.

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The Lakers have been using rookie Johnathan Williams as a backup center, but he's on a two-way contract and limited to only 45 days in the National Basketball Association.

But the Lakers don't need prime Tyson Chandler.

Chandler has been a minimal contributor for the Suns, appearing in seven games but only averaging 12.7 minutes per game.

The early-season buyout is rare.

Chandler was drafted by the Clippers as the second-overall pick of the 2001 draft, but was immediately traded to the Bulls.

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