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. This would be his first stint in Los Angeles. No offense to either of these players, but the Lakers' defense suffers when they are in the lineup. However, the Lakers have predictably struggled to protect the rim without McGee, using Kyle Kuzma (a forward by trade) and undrafted rookie Johnathan Williams as backups at center. Furthermore, the Suns went young and weren't giving Chandler much playing time.
The veteran center is in the process of being bought out by the Phoenix Suns and, once he clears waivers, he will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, according the Marc Stein of The New York Times. The Lakers have outscored their opponents by 7.2 points per 100 possessions when McGee is on the floor with a defensive rating of 103.
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Heading into Saturday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers ranked 21st in defensive rating - down nine spots from last season, undermining the improvement L.A. has made at the offensive end of the court with the addition of LeBron James. At 36, Chandler is no longer the dominant defender who played a key role in the Dallas Mavericks' 2011 championship run. He will sign a one-year deal with the team for the rest of the season. While Tyson Chandler is still capable of holding down a decent dosage of bench minutes, Phoenix has shown a tendency to play more small ball this season and deploy Ryan Anderson as their backup center.
Adding Chandler is an excellent move for the Lakers at this point in the season.