Free agent center Tyson Chandler has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
The Rockets had been reportedly recruiting Chandler to join the team, but it seems the veteran was impressed by the recent deal that brought Russell Westbrook to Clutch City, enticing him to sign with the Western Conference contender.
Chandler spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers after being bought out by the Phoenix Suns early in the season. The 17-year veteran didn’t play many impactful minutes (16.7 per game), but served as a vital mentor for young players as well as a respected leader of the locker room.
The 7-foot-1 center is a one-time champion with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and knows what it takes to navigate a long season en route to the playoffs.
With the loss of Kenneth Faried and Nene, the Rockets needed a proven defender and capable lob-catcher to put at the end of a triple-double-headed attack of Westbrook and Harden, both known to make the most of rim-running targets.
If Chandler can still give the Rockets some minutes at 36 years old, he would prove an invaluable asset to add this summer, given the bevy of experience and the championship mettle he can bring to a contender.