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Alas, Westbrook gets his new start with the team that sources say was his No. 1 option and the Rockets are now poised to make the sort of run that had begun to look so unlikely – especially if they can keep adding to the roster from here. Priority No. 1? Secure a deal for former Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala, who was traded by the Warriors to Memphis on June 30 to make room for D’Angelo Russell in the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade with Brooklyn. The Rockets have continued their push to land the 35-year-old via trade, with the Clippers also known to be among the most serious suitors. They are also hoping to add veteran big man Tyson Chandler.
Tim MacMahon: Source: Tyson Chandler is likely target for Rockets in their search for backup big. Chandler, who turns 37 in October, was effective defender and rebounder as reserve for Lakers last year. He has a rep as a great locker room guy and strong relationship with CP3 from N.O. days.
Ryan Ward: Luke Walton won’t play Tyson Chandler in the finale either unless circumstances change. Also said he doesn’t think Chandler is planning on retiring after this season.
Mike Trudell: Tyson Chandler talked about the unfortunate injuries that derailed both his and L.A.’s season, but when asked if he’s thought about his future given his years in the league, he said he’s not ready to go out yet: “I feel like I got a lot left.”
Tania Ganguli: Tyson Chandler said there were 5 teams in the mix for his next landing spot and he narrowed it to two: Lakers and the Warriors. Ultimately says he could only see himself in a Laker uniform.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tyson Chandler, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka.
“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.”
Now that the Tyson Chandler buyout by the Phoenix Suns has been completed, he’s expected to be on the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster later this week once he clears waivers. Portland coach Terry Stotts, who was a Dallas assistant when Chandler was with the Maverick s, said it’ll be a good move for the Lakers. “I like Tyson Chandler,” Stotts said. “Great teammate, obviously that was a few years ago but he impacts the game at the defensive end. He’s a great locker room guy. … He’s all about winning. So, any team that has Tyson is going to be better for it.”
The Phoenix Suns and Tyson Chandler have reached an agreement to buy out the veteran center’s contract. The Suns have requested waivers on Chandler.
“We want to thank Tyson for his contributions to the Suns over the past three-plus seasons,” said Vice President of Basketball Operations James Jones. “With respect for Tyson’s accomplished career, today’s move gives him the chance to pursue a new opportunity while allowing our younger players to continue developing. Tyson is a consummate professional and we wish him all the best.” “I am grateful for my time in Phoenix and want to thank my teammates, my coaches, the front office and the fans for an amazing experience.” said Chandler. “I wish them the best and I am excited for the next stage in my career.”
LeBron discusses the reports of Tyson Chandler joining the Lakers: While the rest of the Lakers organization balked at questions surrounding the reports, LeBron James was more than comfortable to discuss the addition. “We love the fact that we’re going to get another veteran. A guy who plays hard, who is very smart and another champion. To add another champion to this group and it adds depth which we’ve struggled at times.” James, it should be noted, also gave major props to Lakers reserve big man Ivica Zubac for being ready to answer the call. “Coach is always preaching that whether you’re in the lineup or in the rotation you have to be ready. That’s exactly what Zu did tonight. Him and JaVale go at it every day when we practice. He’s a huge body for us, great screen setter. Tonight he be finishing at the rim, getting rebounds when JaVale was on the floor but that was a huge pick up for us.”
Kyle Goon: Fun pregame Luke Walton press conference today trying to talk around the fact that the Lakers are planning to sign Tyson Chandler — asked about adding a potential backup center, Walton says he can’t live in a world of hypotheticals.
Bobby Marks: Prorated minimum for Tyson Chandler once he clears waivers will be $2.1M. The Lakers will have a $1.3M cap hit on the books.
After clearing waivers on a contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns, center Tyson Chandler plans to sign a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told ESPN. Chandler, 36, will be a backup to starting center JaVale McGee for the Lakers, who are desperate for an infusion of size and defensive rebounding.
Chandler is a native of Los Angeles, and has been anxious to find a new home amid the Suns rebuild. The sides agreed to a buyout on the $13.6 million left in the final year of his original four-year deal, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Suns and Chandler have had a mutual agreement on a buyout on his $13M-plus expiring deal for some time now, but Chandler needed a landing spot. Chandler found it with Lakers, who need size, and as @Tim_MacMahon says, will welcome his locker room presence.
Marc Stein: The Suns are in the process of buying out veteran center Tyson Chandler to make Chandler a free agent, league sources tell @NYTSports
Marc Stein: The Lakers are expected to be at the front of the line to sign Tyson Chandler once he clears waivers, league sources say
Marc Stein: Tyson Chandler is an LA native and the Lakers’ need for interior depth and defensive reinforcements is well known. Chandler is earning $13.6 million this season, which suggests he will clear waivers easily and be able to pick his next team
Adrian Wojnarowski: As @Marc Stein reports, center Tyson Chandler is getting a buyout with the Suns and will become a free agent upon clearing waivers. Chandler will sign with the Lakers, league sources tell ESPN.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Tyson Chandler has agreed to a four-year deal with the Phoenix suns worth $52 million.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Tyson Chandler has agreed to a deal with the Suns, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Ken Berger: Free-agent matchmaking to keep an eye on, sources say: Tyson Chandler and the Bucks. Agent Jeff Schwartz also reps coach Jason Kidd. Kidd and Chandler also were teammates in Dallas and New York.
Ramona Shelburne: Clippers still “hopeful” that they’ll keep DeAndre Jordan, but I’m told if he were to leave for Mavs, they’ll try to S&T for Tyson Chandler. But again, Clippers are still “hopeful” they’ll keep DeAndre.
Chris Broussard: some league execs think Tyson Chandler will land in Milwaukee. Mavs not out of picture for Tyson though if they don’t get DeAndre
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Barry Jackson: Next significant event for Heat could be re-engaging with Wizards if Beal rejects three year, 111 M extension he’s eligible to sign after July 26. For now, Wizards have rejected all trade overtures on Beal, a potential 2021 free agent
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s discussions to move nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to a new destination are parked, and an increasing expectation exists that he will start the season with the team, league sources tell ESPN.
Oklahoma City has been working with Paul and his representatives on finding a trade, but nothing is materializing so deep into summer free agency, sources said. Both sides believe there are benefits to Paul, 34, playing out the season with the Thunder. For now, there’s a belief that there could be more success exploring trade scenarios again after Dec. 15 — or even the completion of the 2019-20 season, league sources said.
For now, Oklahoma City doesn’t feel a need to surrender draft compensation to unload Paul’s contract, sources said. The Thunder want to be competitive and believe that Paul can serve as a mentor to Gilgeous-Alexander, a second-year guard who’s considered the franchise’s future playmaker.
But I stand by my initial forecast: It may not happen until after next season, but Russell will eventually be dealt by the Warriors once Klay Thompson has recovered from a torn anterior crucial ligament in his left knee — thereby pushing Russell down to third on Golden State’s backcourt depth chart.
Has your play in the BIG3 built any momentum toward an NBA return? Is getting back to the NBA even a goal of yours? Joe Johnson: Yes, I’d love to get back and play in the NBA. It’s not my ultimate goal, it wasn’t my goal getting into the BIG3. But if the opportunity presents itself, I would take upon the challenge. I would love to. But, I got a job to do, and my agent has a job to do. I’m not sure about the momentum or how it’s going, but I just focus on what I can do and what I can control.
Can you clarify for me why there aren’t any tampering charges toward Kawhi or the team he signed with? — @Jay_Since82 from Twitter League officials generally won’t open a tampering investigation until there is formal complaint by at least one team — accompanied by some worthy evidence. The Toronto Raptors have not taken such a step. Nor is there any indication that an official complaint is looming from one of the league’s other 28 teams that did not land Kawhi Leonard. It would be a significant step for the Raptors or any other aggrieved team to push for an actual probe.