Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers

Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers

Lakers ink veteran center Tyson Chandler

Having joined the Lakers from the Phoenix Suns, Chandler has had a decorated career and has enjoyed spells at the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls.

"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".

That's why it made all the sense in the world when news broke over the weekend that the team was planning to add veteran center Tyson Chandler once his buyout from the Phoenix Suns was completed.

Chandler, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-2012 and victor of an NBA title with Dallas in 2011, is in his 18th NBA season.

Upon signing for the Lakers, Chandler said: "My family have always been Lakers fans".

The Lakers host Minnesota on Wednesday night.

James, however, doesn't need to play by such rules and spoke glowingly of the possible future addition of Chandler. "We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience to our Lakers team that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core".

The two biggest surprises during what has been a tumultuous start to LeBron James' first season in Los Angeles have been JaVale McGee's productivity on the defensive end and the glaring lack of rim protection the Lakers have without him on the floor.

In seven games with the Suns this season, Chandler averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in just under 13 minutes per contest. 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.

A California native, Chandler attended Dominguez High School in Compton before going pro.

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