Suns exec James Jones did friend LeBron 'a solid' with Chandler buyout

Tyson Chandler Josh Hart Ja Vale McGee

Tyson Chandler Josh Hart Ja Vale McGee

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, who is in his 18th National Basketball Association season, is averaging 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds this season. The 36-year-old 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.

Ultimately, the Chandler move is nothing but a benefit to the Lakers. And while he scored only two points, he had nine rebounds, including two critical offensive rebounds on taps in the game's final 42 seconds.

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. He immediately provided defense, rebounding and hard picks — all areas of need for the Lakers — while playing a surprising 23 minutes. "It's unbelievable. I haven't played with a closer like that since Dirk".

Magic Johnson has said that Walton's job is safe for now and that he'll finish out the year as head coach (granted nothing "drastic" happens, whatever that may mean), but the addition of Chandler certainly helps his chances of having more than just this year to work for the organization.

There were several top performers for the Lakers, LeBron James contributed 24 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Ingram had 20 points and Kyle Kuzma also added 21 points. And until Wednesday night, he had played 1,086 career games - but zero with his hometown Lakers.

"I love this city the way they love me", Chandler said to McMenamin.

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

Timberwolves: Butler converted a four-point play to tie it at 94 with 7:44 to play.

Timberwolves: At the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

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