Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Lakers sign Chandler to fill need at center

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Sidney Guerrero | 09 November, 2018, 11:14

It should come as little surprise, however, as Chandler was linked to L.A. following the news of his buyout with the Suns.

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.

In seven games with the Suns this season, Chandler is only 12.7 minutes and putting up 3.7 points and 5.6 boards.

Chandler, 36, will be a backup to starting center JaVale McGee for the Lakers, who are desperate for an infusion of size and defensive rebounding.

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Chandler's presence had an immediate impact for the Lakers as he pulled down eight rebounds in a little under 23 minutes.

The jersey and shorts feature pinstripes that read, "3x5xSHOWTIME" to represent the five championships Johnson won with the Lakers, his three MVP Awards and of course name of the uptempo offense he orchestrated. "In Tyson Chandler, we addressed that need and so much more". That all changed when the team brought in veteran center Tyson Chandler.

A native of Los Angeles, Chandler is considered one of the strong, veteran leaders in the league - a welcome addition to a largely youthful Lakers locker room.

For his career, the 7-foot-1, 240-pound Chandler, the second overall pick in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft by the Los Angeles Clippers and traded that night along with Brian Skinner to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Elton Brand, carries averages of 8.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 28.2 minutes 1,086 games (875 starts). He won a championship ring with Dallas in 2011, and he was the NBA's defensive player of the year with NY in 2012 before earning an All-Star selection in 2013. He was the second pick in the 2001 draft by the Clippers, who immediately traded his rights to Chicago.

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