It should come as little surprise, however, as Chandler was linked to L.A. following the news of his buyout with the Suns.
The Lakers are tied for 23rd in the National Basketball Association in opponents field goal percentage (47.6) and 24th in rebound differential as opponents grab 3.8 more rebounds than Los Angeles every game.
Chandler, 36, will be a backup to starting center JaVale McGee for the Lakers, who are desperate for an infusion of size and defensive rebounding.More news: Eurogroup supports Commission, urges Italy to submit new budget plan
The Lakers host Minnesota on Wednesday night.
"Having observed our roster for the first 10 games of this young season, one of the areas that Earvin and I discussed with Luke that we desired to upgrade is interior defense and rebounding", said Pelinka.
James, however, doesn't need to play by such rules and spoke glowingly of the possible future addition of Chandler.
The Lakers' defense is 18.3 points per 100 possessions worse when McGee is off the floor, meaning Chandler's role, as well as his skillset, could prove to be a good fit with Los Angeles. "We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience to our Lakers team that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core".More news: Women and diversity win big in historic state and local elections
Among them include being named NBA Champion of 2011, NBA Defensive Player of the Year for 2012 and a year later, he was included in the NBA All-Defensive First Team.
In seven games with the Suns this season, Chandler averaged 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in just under 13 minutes per contest.
A California native, Chandler attended Dominguez High School in Compton before going pro.More news: Liberal turnout could decide Texas Senate race