Lakers have agreed to sign Tyson Chandler after center waived

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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.

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So there's no question the Lakers could use a rim protector for the minutes McGee is unable to play.

Chandler will bring the Lakers some badly-needed depth to the center position.

The Lakers will once again have to bring someone new into the fold, but a veteran like Chandler is a definite upgrade to a back-up center position that was now being filled in by two-way contract Johnathan Williams. With a slew of talented forwards such as Trevor Ariza, TJ Warren, and Josh Jackson, going smaller makes sense, which left Chandler as the odd man out.

According to ESPN, Chandler has negotiated a buyout from Phoenix to move to the Lakers which, as reported by the New York Times' Marc Stein, is where he will go.

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It's his highest since playing 27.4 minutes for the Washington Wizards during part of the 2011-12 season. He also gives the Lakers a shot-blocking defensive presence when people get beat on the perimeter.

Chandler is in his 18th National Basketball Association season. He's seen minimal time off the bench through seven games this year.

The Lakers are also allowing their opponents to connect on 48 percent of their field-goal attempts from the floor and teams are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc against them.

There are various reasons why a move like this had to happen NOW for the Lakers.

Chandler averaged 7.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game through his first three seasons with the team.