The Rockets acquired Russell Westbrook on Thursday and made another move on Friday.
Houston agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Tyson Chandler, according to multiple national reports.
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
The big man started last season with the Suns but agreed to a buyout in early November.
In late December, Chandler revealed that he nearly signed with the Warriors, telling Kevin Ding of Lakers.com:
“Honestly, I was leaning more towards Golden State at the beginning. Just because that’s kind of you know what you’re getting. I’m also close with a couple of the guys over there.
"But when I sat back and thought about my legacy, I’m like, 'What would mean more to me?' To me, it would mean more to win here. This is where I’m from."
The 36-year-old averaged 3.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 48 appearances with the Lakers.
He doesn't put up big numbers anymore but he's a great locker room presence and leader, and won a title with the Mavs in 2011.
Now, the Rockets can continue pursuing their top target, as Sam Amick of The Athletic reported Friday morning:
Priority No. 1? Secure a deal for former Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala, who was traded by the Warriors to Memphis on June 30 to make room for D’Angelo Russell in the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade with Brooklyn.
The Rockets have continued their push to land the 35-year-old via trade, with the Clippers also known to be among the most serious suitors. They are also hoping to add veteran big man Tyson Chandler.
One down, one to go. Games certainly will look different between the Rockets and Warriors next year ...