The veteran center is nonetheless expected to come off the bench behind JaVale McGee, another big with freak athleticism, and a limited shooting range.
However, the Lakers' defense is 18.3 points per 100 possessions worse when McGee is off the floor, meaning Chandler's role, as well as his skillset, could prove to be a good fit with Los Angeles.
After clearing waivers on a contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns, center Tyson Chandler plans to sign a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told ESPN. Chandler has averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in about 13 minutes per game this season. Wojnarowski noted that the Suns and Chandler have had a mutual agreement on a buyout for "some time".
Chandler, 36, is in his 18th season, and was slated to make $13.6 million this season in the final campaign of a four-year contract with Phoenix.
Chandler is considered one of the strong, veteran leaders in the league, and he will be a welcome addition to a largely youthful Lakers locker room. If Chandler goes unclaimed, he will become eligible to sign with any team.
Chandler was drafted by the Clippers as the second-overall pick of the 2001 draft, but was immediately traded to the Bulls.
It's his highest since playing 27.4 minutes for the Washington Wizards during part of the 2011-12 season.
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). Here are three reasons to like this move for the Lakers if it takes place. Phoenix next plays Sunday, at home against Memphis.