Lakers sign Chandler to fill need at center

Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers

Tyson Chandler cleared waivers this week after being granted a buyout from the Phoenix Suns, and he immediately signed a veteran minimum contract with the Lakers.

"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".

Chandler is in his 18th season after entering the National Basketball Association draft out of high school in 2001. Rookie center Moe Wagner still hasn't made his debut while returning slowly from a knee injury, and Lakers basketball boss Magic Johnson didn't want to wait any longer to bolster his team's areas of need.

Chandler, 36, had nine rebounds and made clutch defensive plays in 23 minutes of action, helping the Lakers hold off Minnesota 114-110.

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One thing that isn't open for debate - the Lakers needed Chandler on Wednesday night.

"I think it helps stabilise us", he said.

Chandler has been a standout National Basketball Association defender and rebounder for half of his life. Since it's fairly unusual for a team to grant a player a buyout so early in the season, there's a belief that Suns interim general manager James Jones was doing LeBron a favor. 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.

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).

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