Tyson Chandler has put pen to paper on a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and will be part of Luke Walton's squad moving forward, following his departure from Phoenix.
The veteran big man was bought out by the Suns this week after spending three years with the team. And he will likely function as JaVale McGee's backup in a set-up that has been lacking depth in the center position.
The Lakers did not reveal the terms of the deal. However, The Athletic's Shams Charania has reported that the player gave $2.1m of his $13.5m buyout back to the Suns to see the deal through.
“Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this young season, one of the areas that Earvin and I discussed with Luke that we desired to upgrade is interior defense and rebounding,” Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka said, via the team's official website.
“In Tyson Chandler we addressed that need, and so much more. 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.
"We are thrilled for Tyson to join us as we progress towards our ultimate goals as a team.”
Chandler is now in his 18th NBA season, having plied his trade in Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, New York and Charlotte before signing for the Suns in 2015.
“I am grateful for my time in Phoenix and want to thank my teammates, my coaches, the front office and the fans for an amazing experience,” he said following the news of his buyout. “I wish them the best and I am excited for the next stage in my career.”
An NBA champion with the Mavericks, Chandler has also won gold with Team USA. He was named an All-Star in 2013 and was the league's Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011-12 campaign.