Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers

Lynette Rowe
November 10, 2018

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off an impressive 114-110 win at home over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

The Lakers are 5-6 on the season and have one of worst defenses in the National Basketball Association as well.

The win over Minnesota moved the Lakers to 5-6 this season.

Top performers for the Timberwolves were former MVP Derrick Rose with 31 points, Jimmy Butler added 24 points.

Veteran center Tyson Chandler signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, two days after reaching a buyout agreement with the Phoenix Suns.

However, Chandler comes to a team that gives up the most points in the paint in the NBA, according to NBA.com. Chandler averaged just 0.1 block per game when he was on the Suns, compared to 1.2 blocks in his career.

James led the Lakers with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists to finish just a dish shy of his 75th triple-double while Kuzma drained 6 of his 21 points in the final minute to help the Lakers stay afloat.

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He had nine rebounds in a winning debut Wednesday against the Timberwolves, and Chandler, 36, believes he can play a big role in ensuring the Lakers get the best out of superstar James. "It's wonderful. I haven't played with a closer like that since Dirk".

Los Angeles defeated Dallas 114-113, as James hit a free throw to pull the Lakers ahead with 2.1 seconds left.

"I told him he needs an opt-out clause wherever he's at", James said with a smile. The 20 made 3-pointers set a Minnesota franchise record.

Tyson Chandler feels he can free up LeBron James to do "special things" and relishes the opportunity to be a hero rather than a villain at Staples Center after joining the Lakers. Chandler backed up JaVale McGee, who had 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Minnesota had a 32-30 lead after the first 12 minutes.

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Thibodeau said Butler, who has requested a trade, is still trying to get in game shape. "We have to figure out a way to go get the ball".

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