Did ex-teammate do LeBron a favor by waiving Tyson Chandler?

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The Lakers were expected to sign Chandler, who will add some much-needed depth to the team's group of centers.

After clearing waivers, former Phoenix Suns big man Tyson Chandler is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

An All-Star in the 2012-13 season, the well-traveled Chandler has also played with the Bulls, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the New Orleans Hornets, the Charlotte Bobcats, the Dallas Mavericks (twice) and the New York Knicks before landing in Phoenix for the 2015-16 season.

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.

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"You can tell he's a young-old guy that's happy to be back home, and he played with a lot of energy tonight", said Rajon Rondo, who was thanked by Chandler for vocally directing him around the court. Josh Hart provides a spark off the bench with 21 points while Kyle Kuzma adds 21 points of his own.

Los Angeles superstar LeBron James drives to the basket past Minnesota's Jimmy Butler in the thriller won by the Lakers.

When he has played, Butler has played well, averaging 22 points on 49 percent shooting. Thibodeau used the same starting lineup from Monday's loss to the Clippers.

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

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