LeBron James wanted help from veterans, while Luke Walton was supposedly looking for another big man. Both the star and the head coach of the Lakers will apparently both receive their wish in the form of Tyson Chandler, who has reached an agreement on a Sun Buyout Sunday.
"With respect for Tyson's accomplished career, today's move gives him the chance to pursue a new opportunity as our younger players evolve," said James Jones, basketball chief of basketball, in a statement while addressing Chandler for his contributions on the internet thanked past three plus seasons. "Tyson is a consummate professional and we wish him well."
This new opportunity is said to come in Los Angeles, which James almost confirmed on Sunday. "We love the fact that we will get another veteran," he said about Chandler (via ESPN).
"A man who plays hard, a man who is very smart, and another champion to add to the champions we have in this system today," James continued, "and it increases the depth in our run, with whom we sometimes had problems. "
Walton apparently agreed with this assessment, according to a recent report by The Athletic, which said the coach said on Tuesday with team president Magic Johnson "the desperate need of the Lakers for another big man beyond JaVale McGee and asked for support. " on this front. "
The Athletics Report also noted that the discussion has taken on a controversial tone. According to ESPN, Johnson "warned" Walton on Friday for the slow start of the Lakers, who were 2-5 at the time.
On Sunday night with the Raptors there was a matchup. The Lakers were 4-5 after a Saturday win over the Trail Blazers. James led his squad with 28 points and seven assists, and before that game he distanced himself from possible rioting in the front office.
"It does not bother me at all, because I ignore it, I do not hear it," said James (via ESPN). "It never really comes to me, so it's no big deal for us."
The expected addition of Chandler may not be the biggest deal as it could be a support to JaVale McGee, but it could prove very useful to the Lakers. In his 18th season, Chandler's minutes on average dropped to 12.7 on a very young Phoenix team, but he had scored no less than 24.5 in all three previous seasons with the Suns, with an overall rating of 9, 5 rebounds per game in the team.
McGee, in his first season with the Lakers after winning two titles in the Warriors, performed well with an average of 15.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and an NBA-leading 3.6 block in nine Play. But his 27.1 minutes per game have been his best since 2011/12 and more than double what he had averaged over the previous four seasons.
"The coaches I talked to about JaVale somehow said that you just have to watch his minutes because he's really good for five minutes, but you just have to rest him a few things," Walton said recently. "And he played 36 for us in the last game and was one of our best players, if not our best player on the field, as far as he was protecting our rim and bouncing off the ball. So far, he has been as valuable as anyone on this team. "
Chandler can help keep McGee's minutes under control while he likes the return home. Chandler, the number two in the Bulls draft of 2001, came straight from a high school career in Compton, California, and he has experience in the championship after helping Mavericks in 2011 to defend James & # 39; Heat in the NBA final to disturb.
"I'm grateful for my time in Phoenix and would like to thank my teammates, coaches, front office and fans for a great experience." "I wish them all the best and look forward to the next stage of my career."
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