Lakers sign Tyson Chandler

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

Before the signing became official on Tuesday, most of the team steered clear of the subject, because talking about players who are not officially on the roster is a tricky area.

After clearing waivers, former Phoenix Suns big man Tyson Chandler is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The 36-year-old Chandler is well past his prime in his 18th year in the league, but if he has anything left, he can only help a Lakers squad that needs reinforcements in the worst way. Even though McGee has been one of the most consistent Lakers so far this season, the team has struggled with big, strong centers who can dominate down low. "Between Zu, Tyson, JaVale and J-3, we're pretty good".

The Lakers are tied for 23rd in the National Basketball Association in opponents field goal percentage (47.6) and 24th in rebound differential as opponents grab 3.8 more rebounds than Los Angeles every game. He is the latest addition to a core of veteran Lakers newcomers around James including Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, McGee and Michael Beasley, who returned to practice Tuesday after spending a week away due to an undisclosed personal matter.

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.

He spent the past three seasons with Phoenix, and he averaged 6.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game a year ago. Shooting over 55 percent from the field in each of his last 13 seasons, Chandler now ranks third all-time in field goal percentage (minimum 2,000 FGM).

A California native, Chandler attended Dominguez High School in Compton before going pro.

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