Lakers sign Chandler to fill need at center

Latest Laker Tyson Chandler

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially added Tyson Chandler to the squad, and he will likely back up JaVale McGee at the center position.

Chandler was waived by the Phoenix Suns two days ago, then cleared waivers to enter free agency.

Chandler had five offensive rebounds, including three in the final 1:06, to help the Lakers to Wednesday's win over Minnesota, only a day after signing with the Lakers. Many around the league questioned LeBron James' move to the Lakers after the superstar signed a four-year free agent deal with them.

The Lakers' newest big man got to represent his hometown Wednesday night for the first time in his 18 National Basketball Association seasons, and he came up bigger and better than even he expected in a hard-fought win.

James, coach Walton and Brandon Ingram were all full of praise for Chandler after the game and believe the veteran can make an impact going into the rest of the campaign.

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Thibodeau said Butler, who has requested a trade, is still trying to get in game shape. "He'll be an important role player for the team and a much more imposing presence around the rim than the other guys playing behind McGee-the Lakers at one point turned to 6′ 9" rookie Johnathan Williams to fill in the gap, and he was just okay. That all changed when the team brought in veteran center Tyson Chandler.

Rondo finished with 10 assists for the Lakers.

We've seen this out of James countless times throughout his career and now we're seeing it again early on in Los Angeles. He won a championship ring with Dallas in 2011, and he was the NBA's defensive player of the year with NY in 2012 before earning an All-Star selection in 2013.

In seven games with the Suns this season, Chandler is only 12.7 minutes and putting up 3.7 points and 5.6 boards. De'Aaron Fox added 20 points, and second overall draft pick Marvin Bagley had 13.

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