Suns make buyout of Tyson Chandler official, Lakers signing expected


Tyson Chandler is no longer a member of the Phoenix Suns.

Word came out earlier this week that the veteran center would reach a buyout with Phoenix and be free to sign with a team of his choosing — likely the Los Angeles Lakers — soon.

On Sunday, Phoenix sent out a release stating that Chandler had indeed been bought out by the team.

Suns President of Basketball Operations James Jones said he wished Chandler well and was glad to give additional opportunity to Phoenix’s younger players moving forward.

Chandler will be free to sign with the Lakers, who Aare pretty well capped out at the moment but can add Chandler at a minimum contract if they would like. LA’s center minutes have been tenuous, although JaVale McGee has played well in a sub-30 minute per-night role.

Chandler, 36, has not played more than 47 games since 2015-16 and at this point he will be hovering around 20 minutes at night as a veteran contributor. What he has left in tank to offer the Lakers this season and perhaps beyond isn’t immediately clear. Things are sort of wonky in LA right now, although the Lakers did pull out a nice win on Saturday night over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Chandler is a player who used to be a star but whose current abilities might not match his reputation. When viewed from that angle, he fits right in with this Lakers roster.