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Suns Buying Out Tyson Chandler; Lakers Probable Destination

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The tenure of Tyson Chandler in Phoenix is over, as the big man is expected to join LeBron’s motley crew in Los Angeles.

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According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Phoenix Suns are buying out the contract of center Tyson Chandler.

Chandler is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Stein as well as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Chandler is a Los Angeles native, having played at Dominguez High School in Compton, CA. The 17-year veteran is averaging just 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Suns, mostly off the bench. The former Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 with the New York Knicks, Chandler will provide the Lakers with an interior defensive presence they have been missing this season. He was drafted second overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded him to the Chicago Bulls in a deal for Elton Brand.