Tyson Chandler plans to join the Lakers

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Chandler himself has a ring and an Olympic gold medal in his trophy cabinet and with 18 years of National Basketball Association experience, could leave the Phoenix Suns to join LeBron in Los Angeles. He signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Suns in July 2015.

Defense has been a key problem for the Los Angeles Lakers during their 3-5 start.

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So there's no question the Lakers could use a rim protector for the minutes McGee is unable to play. With the Lakers, he'll likely be the backup to JaVale McGee.

A person familiar with the negotiations says Tyson Chandler is getting his contract bought out by the Phoenix Suns, and plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers once he clears waivers.

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Tyson Chandler is going home.

In certain timeout situations, Luke Walton may be able to turn to Tyson Chandler for some help in how to improve in defensive situations, which points to the pedigree of Chandler and all that he has been through in this league.

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James, who is widely considered the best player of his generation, is expected to take on the role of a player-coach on the court, but also said he was eager to improve his own game. He will sign a one-year deal with the team for the rest of the season. Chandler may not be the same player he once was, but the 36-year-old veteran can still play solid minutes as the backup center. Chandler had a game-winning alley-oop dunk for the Suns in a game a year ago as time expired, so he knows exactly how its run. That said, if the Lakers are counting on getting the Chandler they remember as a feared defender during his time in Dallas and NY, they may be out of luck. Here are three reasons to like this move for the Lakers if it takes place.

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