Lakers sign Chandler to fill need at center

Silvia Morton
November 10, 2018

James contributed 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and calmed the nerves of his young colleagues down the stretch.

While other key players Pascal Siakam had 21 points, Kyle Lowry 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 points.

When presented with the claim, LeBron said it was really Chandler who benefited the most.

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.

"I told him he needs an opt-out clause wherever he's at", James said with a smile.

Nearly three weeks ago, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul got into each other's face following Brandon Ingram's temper tantrum about being called for a foul. But since then, the Lakers have won two of the last three games in last-minute fashion. All five Wolves starters reached double figures in the first half while hitting 66 percent of their shots.

Butler also played Monday against the Clippers in the Wolves' 120-109 loss.

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A California native, Chandler attended Dominguez High School in Compton before going pro.

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. The 20 made 3-pointers set a Minnesota franchise record.

Minnesota was outrebounded 47-40, and it was most glaring in that final minute.

"We felt a year ago when (Lonzo) got hurt, we were searching for that guy, we finally put Brandon at point guard and that kind of helped us get going again", said Walton. That's been the story for us thus far, we have been right there, we've been out rebounded. We've been right there.

"To be able to have him close out games and know how special he is on both ends - defensively and offensively - I just want to take some of the pressure off him".

Timberwolves: At the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

His availability for Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings is now unclear.

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