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Tyson Chandler, James Jones comment on Suns buyout agreement

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. He was in the final season of his four-year deal with the Suns, and was due to make about $13.5 million this season.

Suns Vice President for Basketball Operations James Jones shared his thoughts regarding Chandler and the buyout. In an interview, he said:

“We want to thank Tyson for his contributions to the Suns over the past three-plus seasons,”

“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.”

Tyson Chandler also thanked the Suns organization

 “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.”

“I wish them the best and I am excited for the next stage in my career.”

Once he clears waivers, Chandler is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers who have been in need of a big man to provide added rim protection. He will likely back up JaVale McGee once he joins the Lakers.

Before the NBA, he played his high school basketball in Compton, California, just a few miles south of downtown Los Angeles. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft and has previously played for Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, New York and Charlotte before ending up with the Phoenix.