The 36-year-old Chandler will provide needed frontcourt depth for the Lakers, who have relied on JaVale McGee and undersized forwards to guard big men during their 4-6 start to the season. No, the Lakers haven't made a decision to fire Luke Walton or anything like that, but the team did add veteran center Tyson Chandler in recent days. How much can he help his Lakers as the season rolls on?
Chandler was waived by the Phoenix Suns two days ago, then cleared waivers to enter free agency.
Ultimately, the Chandler move is nothing but a benefit to the Lakers.
And that was the plan...until LeBron called in a favor.
Kevin McHale on NBATV commented on the pressure the young Lakers are experiencing playing alongside LeBron for the first time, saying that Chandler may be able to bring the same veteran maturity but alleviate some of the pressure of playing on the same team as LeBron James. But they didn't sign him for that.
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There's one working theory of why the Suns granted Chandler the buyout now instead of in February or March when the traditional wave of buyouts occur: Phoenix interim GM James Jones was a longtime teammate of LeBron's in Miami and Cleveland. "But LeBron wanted him now".
"James did LeBron a solid", a league source told ESPN. The addition of center Tyson Chandler should help in that area, and the veteran made an impact in his debut with the team.
Los Angeles is the center's seventh franchise in 18 career seasons.
It's no surprise LeBron wanted the Lakers to add someone such as a Tyson Chandler.
After a disappointing loss at Staples Centre to the Toronto Raptors, Lebron James and the La Lakers bounced back with a narrow win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. With Chandler now locked in as the backup center, perhaps the Lakers take another step forward in a tough Western Conference.