Lakers ink veteran center Tyson Chandler

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Tyson Chandler Josh Hart Ja Vale McGee

The Los Angeles Lakers made their acquisition of veteran center Tyson Chandler official Tuesday, November 6, signing him two days after he reached a buyout deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Chandler cleared waivers on Tuesday and officially signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

"Though the 36-year-old has seen his minutes and production decline after almost two decades in the National Basketball Association, he is still an explosive leaper who feasts on lobs".

While the 36-year-old Chandler might not be the dominant defensive player he was in his prime, he could play regular minutes for coach Luke Walton while the Lakers attempt to find a winning groove in their first season with LeBron James.

"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 desired to upgrade is interior defense and rebounding", Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement.

An All-Star in the 2012-13 season, the well-traveled Chandler has also played with the Bulls, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the New Orleans Hornets, the Charlotte Bobcats, the Dallas Mavericks (twice) and the New York Knicks before landing in Phoenix for the 2015-16 season.

In a little over three seasons with the Suns, Chandler averaged 8.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. "We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core". He was the second pick in the 2001 draft by the Clippers, who immediately traded his rights to Chicago.

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