Chandler will provide needed frontcourt depth for the Lakers, who have relied on JaVale McGee and undersized forwards to guard big men during their 4-6 start to the season.
Tyson Chandler made his Lakers debut Wednesday night, and some in the National Basketball Association reportedly believe that Phoenix Suns interim general manager James Jones allowed the veteran center to head to Los Angeles (via buyout) early in the season as something of a favor to longtime former teammate LeBron James.
Derrick Rose has a strong performance as he scores 31 points, but can't hit a critical shot late. The ship had long since sailed on the idea that Chandler would be a part of any sort of championship pursuit in Phoenix, but at least he could serve as a role model and mentor to No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton.
Tyson Chandler cleared waivers this week after being granted a buyout from the Phoenix Suns, and he immediately signed a veteran minimum contract with the Lakers.
Luke Walton's job has come under the microscope after his team's hard start to the campaign and his future would have again been questioned had they lost to the Timberwolves. "I'd like to say it is going to be better the next game". He said he was unsure of Ball's status for the team's game against the Kings.
Last season, L.A. had only South Bay Lakers two-way player Alex Caruso to turn to when Ball got injured, and while Caruso provided some good minutes, Walton said they're much deeper in that aspect this season. "And get a dub".
While other key players Pascal Siakam had 21 points, Kyle Lowry 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 points. To have him close out games, I know how special he is on both ends.
"The more pressure I can take off him, it will free him up to do all the special things he has been doing his entire career".
Thibodeau said Butler, who has requested a trade, is still trying to get in game shape.
The Lakers have had a fluctuating start to the season, winning five and losing six.