Friday, 16 November, 2018

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

Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers Lakers make signing of veteran center Chandler official
Cassandra Castillo | 09 November, 2018, 04:51

The 36-year-old center, who signed with the Lakers this week after he was bought out by the Phoenix Suns, grabbed a pair of key offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter of his team debut against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

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.

In seven games with the Suns this season, Chandler is only 12.7 minutes and putting up 3.7 points and 5.6 boards.

Walton, the third-year Lakers coach, discussed Chandler's effect on the team after the game. "In Tyson Chandler, we addressed that need and so much more".

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"I think it helps stabilise us", he said. He is the latest addition to a core of veteran Lakers newcomers around James including Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, McGee and Michael Beasley, who returned to practice Tuesday after spending a week away due to an undisclosed personal matter.

The new contract for Chandler will pay him $2,109,867, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks, with the Lakers incurring a cap hit of $1,333,140. Chandler was named an All-Star with the New York Knicks in 2012-13 and won an National Basketball Association championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2010-11. He was the second pick in the 2001 draft by the Clippers, who immediately traded his rights to Chicago.

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

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