If coach Luke Walton's position is in any sort of trouble, the Los Angeles Lakers' Tuesday signing of Tyson Chandler should give Walton both job security and the missing piece of his rotation.
Chandler, who hasn't averaged double-digit points since 2014-15 (10.3 PPG), is the exact kind of role player LeBron James and company need to compete in the Western Conference.
Starting center JaVale McGee has been tremendous through 10 games, averaging career highs with 14.4 points and 3.4 blocks. But McGee can only give Walton so many minutes; he's currently at 26.2 a game, a sizable jump for the 30-year-old, who averaged roughly 10 minutes per contest over the previous four years.
Behind McGee, the Lakers have tried to develop small-ball options with Kyle Kuzma, James and, briefly, Michael Beasley. Ivica Zubac, who is a true center, hasn't developed enough to give Walton a reliable option. He gave good minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers but collected five fouls in five minutes against LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs.
Walton was forced to turn to 6'9" undrafted rookie Johnathan Williams on a two-way contract to staunch the bleeding. Williams showed some flashes, but the Lakers were desperate for an experienced center to spell McGee.