Chandler set to join Lakers after buyout

Tyson Chandler is planning to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers after receiving a buyout from the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. More

The Phoenix Suns are in the process of negotiating a buyout with center Tyson Chandler, according to multiple reports.

Chandler and the Suns have agreed to buyout his $13 million-plus contract, a decision that the two sides had reportedly agreed to for some time now.

Chandler was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft, but has never played for either the Clippers or the Lakers. No offense to either of these players, but the Lakers' defense suffers when they are in the lineup. With the Lakers, he'll likely be the backup to JaVale McGee.

It looks like Tyson Chandler will soon be a free agent.

The Lakers have been struggling defensively this season.

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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. Also, adding him will greatly reduce the amount of minutes McGee plays, helping him stay fresh throughout the rest of the season.

FILE - In this December 4, 2017, file photo, Phoenix Suns' Tyson Chandler heads up the court during the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia.

Chandler is coming off of a season in which he averaged 6.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game as the starting centre for the Suns. But the urgency of the situation amid their slow start surely forced the Lakers to make a move sooner than they wanted.

For Tyson Chandler, signing with Los Angeles is a bit of a homecoming, because he grew up in the neighboring area just south of Fresno, California.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added that Chandler has been "anxious to find a new home amid the Suns rebuild".

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