Report: Veteran center Tyson Chandler being bought out by Suns, expects to sign with Lakers
PORTLAND – The Lakers’ big man depth might be getting another veteran boost.The Phoenix Suns are reportedly in the process of buying out 18-year veteran center Tyson Chandler, and once he clears waivers, several outlets have reported that he is expected to sign with the Lakers.The pairing would make sense: The 7-foot-1 Chandler is a Compton native, a prep-to-pro product out of Dominguez High School. The Lakers are sorely in need of a capable big man to play behind starting center JaVale McGee, as small ball lineups have not played out as hoped and back-up Ivica Zubac has been spotty in the playing rotation.As a result, the Lakers entered Saturday night’s game just 21st in rebounding percentage (48.9 percent). Two-way contract player Johnathan Williams had carved out a viable role as the team’s chief back-up to McGee. “That’s a hypothetical,” Walton said. “I can’t live in that world.”James debuts Shut Up and Dribble docAmong James’ many entertainment projects, “Shut Up and Dribble” has a title that might be most personal.It’s a phrase borrowed from conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham, back when she criticized James’ political stances back in February. That line now fronts the documentary produced by James which highlights a history of athletes taking up social issues for themselves. The documentary was scheduled to air Saturday night on Showtime.The project was in the works before James got in Ingraham’s crosshairs, a reflection of his natural interest in athlete activism. Since he was young, James said, his Ohio roots made him interested in Buckeye Jesse Owens and Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown.“It’s meant a lot for the obvious reasons as we all know,” he said. “But to have so many people want to participate in it, and give their experiences, their voice, what they went through at their time, and to be able to bring it all together, it’s pretty cool. I hope a lot of people tune in and watch it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersChandler lends a more experienced hand. He has averaged just 3.7 points and 4.7 rebounds this season for the Suns, playing behind No. 1 draft pick DeAndre Ayton. But last season as a starter in 46 games, Chandler averaged 6.5 points and 9.1 rebounds.The one-time All-Star’s career has spanned tenures with the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. His sole championship came in 2011 with the Mavericks, when he beat LeBron James’ first team in Miami in the Finals. He also was on Team USA rosters alongside James.Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts coached Chandler as a Dallas assistant in the championship year and had nothing but good things to say ahead of the Lakers’ game Saturday night against the Blazers.“I love Tyson Chandler,” Stotts said. “Obviously that was a few years ago, but he impacts the game at the defensive end, he’s a great locker room guy, he’s a great teammate. He’s all about winning. Any team that has Tyson’s going to be better for it.”Until Chandler’s signing is official, the Lakers can’t officially comment on him. Coach Luke Walton was asked questions about his center depth, but declined to speculate if the team would have a role open for a rebounding, defense-first center.