After a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Houston Rockets have made another move. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Rockets have signed veteran center Tyson Chandler. Chandler’s agent reports that it is a one-year deal.
Chandler last played for the Los Angeles Lakers. He signed with the team after reaching a buyout agreement with the Pheonix Suns. With the Lakers, he averaged 3.1 points and 5.6 rebounds during his stint. He played in 48 games and averaged 16.4 minutes per game.
Chandler is a 17-year veteran, who started his career with the Chicago Bulls. The Los Angeles Clippers drafted him but immediately traded him to the Chicago Bulls. Chandler was a young kid out of high school when the Bulls acquired him. Since then, Chandler has played for numerous teams and has been an effective shot-blocker and rebounder for each team.
The veteran center is a one-time NBA champion and Defensive Player of the Year. He became a champion in 2011 when the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 4-2. He won Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. The veteran has years of experience and can help a team such as the Rockets reach the next level (and possibly become champions).
This marks Chandler’s second time playing under head coach Mike D’Antoni. Chandler played under D’Antoni during the 2011-12 season as he joined the Knicks.
As Nene and Keneth Faried’s future with the Rockets is in question, the addition of Chandler gives the Rockets a backup behind Clint Capela. Both Nene and Faried are unrestricted free agents. If they do not return, Chandler can fill that void.
Chandler’s signing is a solid move that could benefit the Rockets down the line. If anything, the Rockets gained an experienced vet that can help them in various ways. His impact will be noticed throughout the season.
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