Tyson Chandler expected to sign with Lakers

Tyson Chandler

Tyson Chandler

Chandler has blocked 1.2 shots per contest over the course of his career, but only has 0.1 blocks per game with the Suns throughout seven games this season so far.

Tyson Chandler will be bought out by the Suns and will sign with the Lakers, according to Marc Stein.

The Phoenix Suns are buying out Chandler's contract, a move that will allow the 18-year veteran - once he clears waivers - to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

It looks like Tyson Chandler will soon be a free agent. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the buyout plan to The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Suns had not yet revealed it publicly.

The New York Times first reported the buyout was in process.

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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. Los Angeles will mark the 36-year-old's seventh franchise after spending the past four seasons in Phoenix.

The 17-year veteran has spent time in six different cities playing in Chicago, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dallas, New York and Phoenix.

Chandler is in his 18th season after entering the National Basketball Association draft out of high school in 2001.

With Deandre Ayton in town, there is nearly no role for Tyson Chandler in Phoenix, and he's playing limited minutes a night in a backup role (89 for the entire season). Chandler has been relegated to a bench role this year, averaging 3.7 points per game in 12.7 minutes.

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