Chandler is entering his 18th season in the NBA and will give the Lakers a much-needed defensive presence in the paint. Currently, the only true big the Lakers have is JaVale McGee, who is having a career year.
Chandler holds career averages of 8.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game.
“Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this young season, one of the areas that Earvin and I discussed with Luke that we desired to upgrade is interior defense and rebounding,” said Pelinka. “In Tyson Chandler we addressed that need, and so much more. We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience to our Lakers team that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core. We are thrilled for Tyson to join us as we progress towards our ultimate goals as a team.”
The Lakers have been abysmal on the defensive end this season as they are ranked 23rd out of 30 teams in defensive rating.
Laker fans will likely get their first look at Chandler on Wednesday as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves. Action gets underway at 7:30 pm.