James' left Cleveland in July after signing a four-year, $154 million which gives new life to the Lakers, a storied franchise that dominated for periods of the 1980s and 2000s but missed the playoffs in the last five seasons. Many people are probably surprised he stuck around in Phoenix for so long with the lack of minutes and opportunities, and many benchings in favor of young players. However, it wasn't official until Saturday when Chandler and his representatives found a new home with the Lakers. Chandler will sign with the Lakers, league sources tell ESPN. The Lakers have had a lack of size up front. Among the 132 players who defended at least 150 shots in the restricted area in 2017-18, a group that includes many perimeter players, Chandler ranked 84th in terms of percentage allowed - not far ahead of Kuzma (67.9 percent). Also, adding him will greatly reduce the amount of minutes McGee plays, helping him stay fresh throughout the rest of the season. Chandler - who was serving as the mentor - averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in seven games. That type of experience is a good thing for a team aspiring to make it to the NBA Finals, at least eventually. The team signed JaVale McGee in the summer time to a one-year deal. The Lakers may have a lot of talent, but this acquisition fills a hole they desperately needed to fill.
The 36-year-old Chandler played his high school basketball in Compton, California, just a few miles south of downtown Los Angeles. If, however, the Lakers consider the position fixed with the addition of Chandler, they may regret that decision.