Suns buying out Tyson Chandler

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Chandler will bring the Lakers some badly-needed depth to the center position.

As the Los Angeles Lakers will assembling their roster via free agency, it quickly became apparent they lacked size.

Veteran big man Tyson Chandler will be bought out from the remainder of his contract by the Phoenix Suns, and once he clears waivers, the expectation is he will sign with the Lakers, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein.

Chandler, 36, is in the final season of a four-year, $52-million deal signed with Phoenix in July 15 and is making $13.6 million this season, meaning he will nearly certainly pass through waivers and be available to sign with the team of his choice. He averaged 7.2 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 62.8 percent from the field in 166 games during his time in Phoenix.

Chandler, who spent has spent three seasons with Phoenix, has had a mutual agreement on a buyout for a while, one report stated.

Chandler is earning $13.6 million this season which essentially guarantees he will pass through waivers easily. Chandler will sign with the Lakers, league sources tell ESPN. The Lakers rank No. 21 in the league in defensive efficiency.

By adding Tyson Chandler, the Lakers will get a dependable veteran backup center who can block shots and deter people at the rim.

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.

While Chandler has struggled to be on the court in recent years, playing 47 games in games in 2016-17 and 46 games in 2017-18.

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