Tyson Chandler explains why he chose to sign with Lakers over Warriors

Tyson Chandler revealed earlier this season that he had up to five teams interested in him during free agency, narrowing his decision down to the Lakers and the Warriors, but the center revealed why he ended up signing with Los Angeles over Golden State. 

He told The Athletic a major reason behind his decision came down to the fact the Warriors had told him he would likely lose playing time once DeMarcus Cousins returns from injury, which prompted Chandler to weigh his options and decide what type of role he wanted. 

“They also were completely honest, and said (how) DeMarcus is coming off injury and we don’t know what that playing time is going to be like once he gets back,” Chandler said. “And so for me, it became (a question of), ‘Where would I make the most impact?’ Do I want to go there and — back-to-back champs — just a well-oiled machine, be one of the guys, maybe be that vet on the bench after DeMarcus comes back?

“Or do I want to come to the Lakers, where they were teeter-tottering a little bit, struggling at the time, but I’d seen it coming alive, and I’ve always loved the draft picks and the young players that they had here, and then ‘Bron coming here, and then (Rajon) Rondo, and then having those vets? I’m like, let me go ahead and hop in that dogfight.”

Chandler acknowledged that the Warriors’ had always been on his mind because he “love(s) the style of play that they play with,” but he ultimately wanted to be on a team where he could play a bigger role.

The 36-year-old center signed a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal with Los Angeles because he “could only see himself in a Laker uniform.” He has averaged 3.8 points and 6.8 rebounds through 37 games with the Lakers after he was bought out by the Suns in November.