Lakers sign Chandler to fill need at center

Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers

That's why it made all the sense in the world when news broke over the weekend that the team was planning to add veteran center Tyson Chandler once his buyout from the Phoenix Suns was completed.

The Lakers announced a deal for Tyson Chandler and his arrival will be beneficial for James who has come under fire this term.

Chandler became a free agent after receiving a buyout from the Phoenix Suns and was free to sign with any team after clearing waivers.

The Lakers host Minnesota on Wednesday night.

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"In Tyson Chandler we addressed that need, and so much more". He is the latest addition to a core of veteran Lakers newcomers around James including Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, McGee and Michael Beasley, who returned to practice Tuesday after spending a week away due to an undisclosed personal matter.

The two biggest surprises during what has been a tumultuous start to LeBron James' first season in Los Angeles have been JaVale McGee's productivity on the defensive end and the glaring lack of rim protection the Lakers have without him on the floor.

Among them include being named NBA Champion of 2011, NBA Defensive Player of the Year for 2012 and a year later, he was included in the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

For his career, the 7-foot-1, 240-pound Chandler, the second overall pick in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft by the Los Angeles Clippers and traded that night along with Brian Skinner to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Elton Brand, carries averages of 8.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 28.2 minutes 1,086 games (875 starts). He was the second pick in the 2001 draft by the Clippers, who immediately traded his rights to Chicago.

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