(REUTERS) – Los Angeles resident Tyson Chandler is on the verge of signing a contract with Lakers after being dismissed by Phoenix Suns.
Following a contract acquisition, Chandler freed from the last year in his contract with Phoenix Suns, he directed his hometown team.
"We love the fact that we will get another veteran," said Lakers star LeBron James on Saturday night (November 3). "A guy who plays hard, a very clever guy and another champion who adds the champions we have in this system here today, and it adds to the depths of our windshield, which we've had problems with sometimes."
The sun officially announced a buyout on Sunday.
"We want to thank Tyson for his contribution to the suns in the last three plus seasons," said vice president of basketball business James Jones in a statement. "With respect for Tyson's complete career, today's movement gives him the chance to drive a new opportunity while our younger players continue to develop. Tyson is a complete professional and we wish him all the best. "Chandler's playing time decreased this season due to the presence of the standout rookie center Deandre Ayton, the 1st overall selection of 2018 NBA Draft.
"I'm grateful for my time in Phoenix and want to thank my teammates, my coaches, the office and the fans for a great experience," Chandler said in a statement. "I wish them the best and I am excited about the next step in my career."
Chandler, 36, is in his 18th season and released to make $ 13.6 million ($ 18.7 million) this season in the final campaign for a four-year contract with Phoenix.
The 7-foot-1 Chandler average 3.7 points and 5.6 returns in seven games for Sun's this season.
Chandler has a career average of 8.6 points and 9.3 returns in 1,086 games with Chicago Bulls (2001-06), New Orleans Hornets (2006-09), Charlotte Bobcats (2009-10), Dallas Mavericks (2010-11, 2014 -15) New York Knicks (2011-14) and Suns (2015-18).
He was this year's NBA defensive player for the 2011-12 season and played in All-Star Game the following season.