Chandler finished with nine rebounds in 23 minutes in the Lakers' 114-110 win.
Josh Hart also knocked in 15 of his 21 points from three-point range and Brandon Ingram collected 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the Lakers, who picked up their third straight win for a 5-6 record.
Chandler had been phased out to a limited bench role with rookie Deandre Ayton as the focal point in the frontcourt as the starter.
Jimmy Butler's frustration is going beyond his status with the team. And until Wednesday night, he had played 1,086 career games - but zero with his hometown Lakers.
Tyson Chandler made his Lakers debut Wednesday night, and some in the National Basketball Association reportedly believe that Phoenix Suns interim general manager James Jones allowed the veteran center to head to Los Angeles (via buyout) early in the season as something of a favor to longtime former teammate LeBron James.
While other key players Pascal Siakam had 21 points, Kyle Lowry 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 points. Los Angeles kept the possession alive with offensive rebounds, and Kuzma eventually hit one free throw for a 112-110 lead with 9.2 seconds remaining.
"Honestly, I can't describe it", the Lakers center said of playing with James. The invisible hand of LeBron was reportedly the key to L.A.'s crucial addition of center Tyson Chandler.
Three days after the Lakers fell behind by 31 points in the first quarter during a loss to the Toronto Raptors, they trailed by as many as nine points in the opening quarter against the Wolves.
With timely shooting and defensive stops in the final minutes, Minnesota closed out Los Angeles 124-120 in that game. "We have to figure out a way to go get the ball". "In Tyson Chandler, we addressed that need and so much more".
The Lakers next face the Sacramento Kings on Saturday and then take on the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
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