Tyson Chandler to replace JaVale McGee in starting lineup vs. Bulls
The Los Angeles Lakers host the lowly Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night and, as he’s hinted at in recent days, Lakers head coach Luke Walton is going to make a change to the starting lineup.
Per The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, Walton is going to start veteran big man Tyson Chandler over JaVale McGee and three-point specialist Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over second-year guard Josh Hart.
Sources: Lakers also planning on starting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for Josh Hart. So KCP and Chandler in, McGee and Hart to the bench. https://t.co/3ayCawT6Hy
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 16, 2019
Walton is trying to find some type of spark to get his team going. The Lakers have been struggling mightily since superstar small forward LeBron James went down with the groin injury he suffered against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.
Los Angeles signed Tyson Chandler on Nov. 6 after the former Defensive Player of the Year was waived by the Phoenix Suns. In 32 games with the Lakers, Chandler is averaging 3.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 59.7 percent from the floor.
Caldwell-Pope has started in four games this year. The shooting guard is averaging 9.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists and shooting 42.0 percent from the floor, 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 88.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The Lakers lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the worst team in the NBA in their last game. A loss to the Bulls will be just as bad.