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Rumor: Rockets’ acquisition of Russell Westbrook accelerated process with Tyson Chandler

Russell Westbrook, Tyson Chandler

The Houston Rockets recently added another piece to their puzzle by agreeing to a one-year deal with veteran big man Tyson Chandler. This was by no means an earth-shattering deal, but one that should definitely work in the favor of the Rockets as they acquire the services of a highly experienced big.

In his recent article for The Athletic, Kelly Iko discusses this recent signing, and the writer notes that the recent pairing of Russell Westbrook and James Harden had a lot to do with how quickly the Rockets were able to agree to a deal with Chandler:

Harden’s camp expressed excitement and anticipation of the two close friends getting the opportunity to team up again. “We’re not done yet,” said one individual in reference to completing the roster. Shortly afterward, Tyson Chandler agreed to a one-year deal to join Houston, and it’s believed the new pairing accelerated that process.

Clint Capela will still be the team’s starting center, as he figures to be the franchise’s big man of the future as long as he sticks around. However, with 18 years worth of experience under his belt, Chandler will surely be able to teach a 25-year-old up-and-comer a thing or two about longevity in this league.

Last season, Chandler plied his trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, but averaged only 16.4 minutes per contest for the Purple & Gold. Coming off the bench, the 36-year-old averaged 3.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.4 steals, and 0.5 blocks, which is probably the same type of production we can expect from him in Houston this season.