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Former Sun Tyson Chandler officially signs with Lakers

Lakers make signing of veteran center Chandler official

A native of Los Angeles, Chandler is considered one of the strong, veteran leaders in the league - a welcome addition to a largely youthful Lakers locker room.

Chandler finished with nine rebounds in 23 minutes in the Lakers' 114-110 win.

The Los Angeles Lakers were -22 over their past five games in the rebounding battle prior to Thursday's game against the Wolves. "And then part of it is also understanding where we might be getting beat and anticipate being there to help guys out".

Butler pointed to the Timberwolves' lack of rebounding, particularly during a sequence in the final minute of Wednesday's loss.

The Lakers are 5-6 on the season and have one of worst defenses in the National Basketball Association as well.

While other key players Pascal Siakam had 21 points, Kyle Lowry 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 points.

"The big man - who said he picked L.A. among about five teams - joins the Lakers after having his contract bought out by Phoenix".

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on the court during a stop in play in a preseason game against the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hart hit four 3-pointers in the first half, and Kuzma hit a buzzer-beating 3 to limit Minnesota's lead to 67-65. Take the first quarter out, I'm assuming our Minnesota game was a good defensive game.

"He gave us great minutes", Lakers star forward LeBron James said. Elsewhere, Joel Embiid scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers won their first road game of the season with a 100-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

"For us to be able to get him and have that one-two punch with JaVale [McGee] and Tyson, it creates extra opportunities for us".

Timberwolves: At the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

One thing that isn't open for debate - the Lakers needed Chandler on Wednesday night.

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