The Lakers are 5-6 on the season and have one of worst defenses in the National Basketball Association as well. The Lakers were expected to sign Chandler, who will add some much-needed depth to the team's group of centers.
Chandler went to school in the Compton section of L.A. but has been accustomed to a hostile reception at Staples Center, so he will lap up any adulation from Lakers fans. Brandon Ingram scored 20 points for Los Angeles, which won for the third time in the past four games. 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.
With only a cursory knowledge of the Lakers' plays and schemes, Chandler still provided defense, rebounding and hard picks while playing a surprising 23 minutes. "But it was great to be out there, and play a part on the team I've watched my entire life". Josh Hart provides a spark off the bench with 21 points while Kyle Kuzma adds 21 points of his own. And Chandler didn't disappoint, hauling in nine rebounds.
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Also, Dez Bryant would be joining the team with a hunger to prove that he still has what it takes to be an elite receiver. New Orleans has plenty of options in the pass game including running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Ben Watson.
"I think it helps stabilize us", Walton said.
The Lakers spoiled the game-high 31-point effort of Derrick Rose, who knocked in back-to-back threes that put the Timberwolves within a point, 110-111, with just 66 seconds left.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler will play on Wednesday against the Lakers, coach Tom Thibodeau said after shootaround. Rose and Wiggins hit three 3-pointers apiece and all five starters contributed to an 11-for-17 performance beyond the arc, tying the franchise record for 3s in a first half.
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.