Suns' Chandler seeking buyout, hopes to join Lakers

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Furthermore, the Suns went young and weren't giving Chandler much playing time.

Tyson Chandler is receiving a buyout from the Phoenix Suns. It starts with the fact they do not have any reliable backup big men to play behind JaVale McGee.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Chandler has agreed to a contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the veteran center has agreed to sign with the Lakers once he clears waivers. (Chandler last averaged more than 1.4 blocks per game in 2006-07 at age 24.) However, as he's aged, Chandler has no longer excelled in that regard. However, he did not play a single minute against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

While the 2018-19 sample (15 shots) is not meaningful, Chandler saw his rim protection slip the previous two seasons. Chandler will not travel with the team until all the paperwork is figured out.

Tyson Chandler became largely expendable for the Suns this season.

Chandler is in his 18th National Basketball Association season. Chandler had a game-winning alley-oop dunk for the Suns in a game a year ago as time expired, so he knows exactly how its run.

The Lakers are also allowing their opponents to connect on 48 percent of their field-goal attempts from the floor and teams are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc against them.

That raises the question of whether the Lakers might have been better off waiting for another center to come free on the buyout market. But the Lakers don't need prime Tyson Chandler.

There are various reasons why a move like this had to happen NOW for the Lakers. If, however, the Lakers consider the position fixed with the addition of Chandler, they may regret that decision.