Lakers coach Walton on addition of Chandler: We needed the help now

Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers

Chandler had been phased out to a limited bench role with rookie Deandre Ayton as the focal point in the frontcourt as the starter. "It's incredible. I haven't played with a closer like that since Dirk".

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

While the 36-year-old Chandler might not be the dominant defensive player he was in his prime, he could play regular minutes for coach Luke Walton while the Lakers attempt to find a winning groove in their first season with LeBron James.

"I think it helps stabilize us", Walton said.

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.

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Three days after the Lakers fell behind by 31 points in the first quarter during a loss to the Toronto Raptors, they trailed by as many as nine points in the opening quarter against the Wolves. Chandler grew up in several parts of California before moving to Compton, where he starred at Dominguez High School and became the No. 2 pick in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft. Towns was held to 5-of-16 shooting from the field, in part due to Chandler's defense. The 20 made 3-pointers set a Minnesota franchise record. Minnesota had a 32-30 lead after the first 12 minutes.

Typically, veterans on struggling teams like Chandler get waived around mid-season, when we have a good idea of what teams are playoff bound and what their needs are. That's been the story for us thus far, we have been right there, we've been out rebounded.

If the Lakers get the ship righted and make a run as we get into the meat of the season, fans can definitely thank Jones for at least a minor assist.

The Timberwolves will face the Kings on Friday with tip-off set for 10 p.m. ET.

That leaves L.A.'s starting point guard a question mark to play in Saturday night's game at Sacramento.

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