Lakers make signing of veteran center Chandler official

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley

No, the Lakers haven't chose to fire Luke Walton or anything like that, but the team did add veteran center Tyson Chandler in recent days.

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Tyson Chandler, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka.

Shooting over 55 percent from the field in each of his last 13 seasons, Chandler now ranks third all-time in field goal percentage (minimum 2,000 FGM).

Chandler, who is in his 18th National Basketball Association season, is averaging 3.7 points and 5.6 rebounds this season.

When presented with the claim, LeBron said it was really Chandler who benefited the most.

A Rose triple, though, fell short with the Timberwolves trailing by just a point with 8 seconds left as Josh Hart's free throws helped seal the win for the Lakers, who avenged their loss at Minnesota 9 days earlier.

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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.

When he has played, Butler has played well, averaging 22 points on 49 percent shooting.

"Chandler's game bears some resemblance to starting center JaVale McGee, as both men pride themselves on above-the-rim scoring, rebounding and defense".

The Lakers ended the clash with a +7 rebounding advantage, the first time they've done so since their third game of the season.

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

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