James, however, says Jones "did right by Tyson".
Chandler will provide needed frontcourt depth for the Lakers, who have relied on JaVale McGee and undersized forwards to guard big men during their 4-6 start to the season. Many around the league questioned LeBron James' move to the Lakers after the superstar signed a four-year free agent deal with them.
Kevin McHale on NBATV commented on the pressure the young Lakers are experiencing playing alongside LeBron for the first time, saying that Chandler may be able to bring the same veteran maturity but alleviate some of the pressure of playing on the same team as LeBron James.
Tyson Chandler savored the ovations when he first took the court in downtown Los Angeles.
He had nine rebounds in a winning debut Wednesday against the Timberwolves, and Chandler, 36, believes he can play a big role in ensuring the Lakers get the best out of superstar James. 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.More news: Mueller writing final report on Russian Federation probe, submission timeline unclear
"It's been a insane 48 hours, but it was great", Chandler said after his Lakers debut Wednesday night, as quoted by Clutch Points.
While other key players Pascal Siakam had 21 points, Kyle Lowry 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 points. After Chandler twice extended the Lakers' ensuing possession, Kuzma hit one of two free throws with 9.5 seconds left.
"They're not going to give me that call", Rose said with a shrug.
Rose scored 31 points and Jimmy Butler added 24 for the Timberwolves, who dropped to 0-7 on the road this season with their fourth consecutive loss overall. His availability for Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings is now unclear.
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.