The Houston Rockets appear to be gearing up for a title run. Just one day after acquiring Russell Westbrook in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Rockets have bolstered their frontcourt. Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that Houston has added Tyson Chandler.
Chandler will sign a one-year deal with the team. He’ll be 36 years old when the season starts in a few months.
Chandler played last season for the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s also played for the Chicago Bulls, the New Orleans Hornets, the Charlotte Bobcats, the Dallas Mavericks, the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns during his career.
Chandler won an NBA championship in 2011 with the Mavericks.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the reunion of James Harden and Westbrook played a role in Chandler’s decision.
Tyson Chandler has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets, his agent Jeff Scwhartz tells @NYTSports
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 12, 2019
Rockets had been recruiting Chandler for weeks, but reunion of Harden-Westbrook seems to have played a part with veteran center committing to join team. https://t.co/LfEo2kyvBG
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Chandler played 48 games for the Lakers a year ago, averaging 3.1 points per game. While he’s not the defensive presence he once was, he should be a nice addition to a team that needs size.
The Rockets are starting to look like one of the favorites in the Western Conference again.