Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 11:00 am  |  51 responses

Lakers GM: Andrew Bynum Nearly Untouchable

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Hey, remember when some people thought it would be a good idea for the Lakers to trade Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony? Sure, they were all lunatics, but they count as people, too.

Anyhow, Bynum remained in Los Angeles, and his dominance on the boards and defensive end — 12.6 points, 14.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks on 64.2 % shooting during the month of March — is one of the main reasons the Lakers have been nearly unbeatable since the All-Star Break.

GM Mitch Kupchak knows this, and says the young center is nearly untradeable.

From the team website:

Kupchak: “I’d say I get 10 to 15 phone calls a year about Andrew. I’ve called teams that have young, developing players myself. I don’t think that’s going to change. Certainly if he had played as well as he’s playing now for the last three years, teams would realize that, well, the Lakers would never trade him. But he’s had stretches where he’s played well and stretches where he hasn’t, and he’s been criticized, and I think general managers look at (those weaker stretches) and think maybe this is an opportunity for me to come in through the back door, let me make a phone call. And I understand that, and don’t think that’s going to change. But having said all that: when Andrew is healthy, and he plays like he is playing right now, you are hard pressed to look at anybody in this league and say, ‘I would trade him for that person.”

“Anybody. If he’s healthy at this level he’s at, you’d have to think about anything. In other words, you may not trade him for anybody. If he helps your team and he’s what you need, and we can advance in the playoffs, then why would you take a chance and do anything?”

That’s all fine and well.

Personally, I can’t wait until next year when Andrew struggles a bit and gets hurt again, the Lakers get bored during the regular season, and the Bynum trade rumors start all over again. It’s one of my favorite annual NBA traditions.

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  • slamfan4life

    this until he gets hurt, again

  • grenners

    he’s just a tall gary coleman. Trade him.

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    trade him for Shaq! (whatever happened to the guy who used to post that?)

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    The Knicks should trade Rautins for Bynum… Take compromising photos of Kupchak / maybe time travel kidnap Kupchaks mother, and MAKE IT HAPPEN WALSH!

  • tRay

    LOL talking about time travel like he’s Doc Brown

  • al29

    If he stays healthy and plays like this in the playoffs, the Celtics will lose in 5 or 6 games.

  • jay

    Trade him for Dwight…keep dreaming Mitch!

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    Agreed^^ But ive said that for 4 years lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    Some commenters on this site (who shall remain nameless) constantly discount Bynum’s significance to the Lakers team. Even commenters who seemingly understand NBA basketball sometimes discuss Bynum as if he were Hasheem Thabeet. He may not be Dwight Howard, but without him, a three-peat will be highly unlikely.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Word to Kulcha

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    But I also think all five starters for the Lakers are important for them to have a chance for three in a row

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yup. no one in the league…. well there is a dude in Orlando.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    bro you are so right.. dude is a much more significant player than what most realize

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    I’m waiting for the NY Post headline that says, “Lakers to Bynum: We’re taking calls on you.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    True enough Nicolas. But, if for example Artest were to play poorly, his contribution can be mroe easily replaced (Matt Barnes can fill in admirably). If Bynum is down, Lamar has to start, and the whole dynamic changes.

  • robb

    “can’t wait until next year when Andrew struggles a bit and gets hurt again” what kind of person are you? I understand what you are trying to say, but you never hope for a person to get hurt again, not even as a joke. Bynum’s rehabs have been painful and distressing. Are you stupid?

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    @tRay, you gotta know I’m kidding right? I’m the guy who posted about Novikov’s self consistency principle on here… that’s a shout out to RunNgun and his trademarked “Make it happen Walsh” posts…

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    …slash poking fun of Knicks fan’s (like me) and their foolhearty beliefs were getting everybody of any significance to play for the Knicks

  • T-Money

    If Dwight doesn’t sign the extension this summer, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him traded for a package centring on Bynum at next year’s deadline à la Carmelo or Deron. And the rest of the league would be officially EFFED with a Pau-Dwight combo.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Oh, def Kulcha I agree with you wholeheartedly. Bynum is under appreciated by many.

  • http://slamonline.com SG

    He’s clearly been there best player. I wish they gave him more touches because he demands a double team whenever he touches the ball. If the 2005 draft was redone then he would definitely be a top 3 pick.

  • Eddie

    If you traded Artest for Paul Pierce, Lakers would definitely go on to win more chips. Pierce moves well without the ball and plays better defense than Artest. Kobe, Pierce, Gasol and Bynum.

  • tRay

    Yea I know I just thought that ish was funny lol
    and to everyone who is saying that people doubt Bynum too much I live in LA and most of those doubters are Laker fans lol I personally would not trade Bynum for anyone he’s a beast on the boards and can finish around the rim

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Bynum for Bosh!

  • Red Star

    Time will tell! Lakers 4 Life!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Zog

    love for bynum bynum would be the new 53 in a row king

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    ship his ass out?

  • http://jojo.com Max


  • Roc

    Speaking as a Laker fan, I am glad that the “Bynum-for-Carmelo” talk never amounted to anything. The center position is the toughest to fill in the NBA right now, plus Ron Artest is better defensively than Carmelo. Andrew Bynum is the second best center in the league when healthy, maybe the best, because unlike Howard, he isn’t a liability on the free-throw line, and is willing to accept any role the team needs of him.

    Nonetheless, the idea of Bynum being “untouchable” tradewise is ridiculous. If Griffin, LeBron, or Durant became available you do that trade in a millisecond.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Bynum is the second best center in the league at the level he’s playing at right now. Surprised JTaylor and his Heatles fans have not yet said anything about Bynum being worth as much as Shawn Bradley and a bag of Funyuns. Must be the tournament!

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Just would like to take a minute out of the day to announce my perfect first-round bracket.

  • JL

    i hope he doesn’t get injured again. how many times can you injure a joint before it turns to stone.

  • stan

    Is that statement an early April Fools joke by Mitch?

  • Yep

    @JL you keep wrappin it with new papes til it’s all you can taste

  • http://Badnewzb8ller Badnewzballer

    Y’all F’n haters. Other than Dwight I bet any of you would love to have bynum on ur team. I be the same ones hating on here are the same people that repped Greg oden. Shut yo mouths!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “Nearly untouchable” means not untouchable.

  • http://facebook lakerfever

    trust me dru is not going any place, i agree with mitch

  • sam

    too bad his knees love banging the floor…..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @ Nicholas Fleming And Keith Bogans is the greatest shooter in the history of the game. No way you had Morehead State over Louisville.

  • http://Observer William T. Penn

    I’ve been a lakers fan since the early 70s and watched their winning with a center, but not quite young as Bynum. When he was hurt, there were lots of talks about trading him. I posted my recommendation to not make the same mistake like the Dodger did with their youg talents. Lakers needs gradually drop their plyers’ age. Bynum is the youngest one and #1 or #2 center in the league. Tall guy with such talent is hard to come by. To get hurt that’s the risk each player runs. If that comes with the gene, that’s a totally diferent story. Even Howard has a stronger body, Bynum can develop better skill and movement. DO NOT talk about trade him.

  • http://jojo.com Max

    When everybody would be healthy, Yao and Dwight would be at the top of the centers.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ Felix and his “time travel kidnap.”

  • http://dude Chukaz

    I was against the melo thing. Artest has been so horrible that when i heard the rumors i thought that maybe the lakers should trade bynum for melo just to get ron off the court but then i realized that size is what makes the team special

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Uhm is it because everytime you touch a part of his body he somehow gets an injury on it?

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    dwight will be going to the spurs next summer


    You guys r retarded trade Bynum for Howard. Howard has no offense (except for alley-oops and such). Not only that but if they get Howard the Lakers power forward will be taller than their center. KEEP BYNUM and build around him once Kobe retires…

  • mannyec0409

    This dude Logan just said that Dwight Howard has no offense lolol! are you serious?! have you even been watching the NBA lately? Howard hasn’t been stopped all year. His post game is much improved and he even has that banker shot to go with it now. I live in Orlando and Im a Magic fan so hopefully he signs that extension but seriously…I cant believe you said he has no offense. Anyway, I don’t think that trade is going to happen. I see him staying in ORL. He wants to win here.

  • John

    Eddie posted: “Pierce moves well without the ball and plays better defense than Artest.” Let’s come back down to the real world. There is no doubt that Pierce is a much better offensive player, but you need to check into a rehab clinic to think that Pierce’s D is better than Artest. Pierce is not as consistent on the defensive end and goes through too many stretches where he relies too much on his offense to get him through against matchups against other respectable offensive players. It’s true that he’s done a good job of defense on players, but this has mostly occurred when they got the Big 3 (plus Rondo). Before that, Pierce wasn’t as effective defensively, because he wasn’t as engaged in the total game until the culture of the team changed with the acquisitions of KG and Ray in addition to the implementation of Thibodeau’s defensive system. Besides, I find it hard to believe that the Celtics would trade with the Lakers. It’s funny how often comments are seemingly made from the point of view of a person who plays fantasy basketball with fantastic trade ideas. I’d give more credence to the notion that Dwight Howard would get traded for a package including Bynum given D-Howard’s contract status given the right outcome from the next CBA (i.e. no hard cap).

  • Olafoa

    Eddie posted: “Pierce moves well without the ball and plays better defense than Artest.” You don’t watch too many games do ya? P.Pierce is overRATED… enff said.

  • Thomas

    Yall Are Crazy To Trade Andrew Bynum…You Will See Once Playoffs Come…He Is Unstoppable especially with one of the greatest Power Forwards Beside him (who by the way can give u a double-double). Lamar Odom Is Playing Wonderfully. Derek Does what he always do, only now he adds a few moves to his game. The Only Player In My opinion that determines if we win our 6th ring none other than Ron Artest. If His Shooting Improves it will be over for the others. His Defense has always been good, I must admit sometimes he takes ill advised shots that frustrates me but his hustle for rebounds and putbacks make up for the shots. FreeThrows And 3s From Ron and Im Sure Kobe will get his 6th ring.

  • http://www.rockbrecords.com Thomas

    To EDDIE- Are you serious talking about Paul Pierce is Better Then Artest. Don’t get Me wrong Paul Is one of the best players Ive Ever Seen take That MidRange Shot And Close Games. In My Opinion He’s not consistent on both ends of the court..Some nights its like the man Don’t Exist. Ron Has Always Been Known For Defense Thats Why Kobe Brought Artest (And Barnes) to the team. Celtics basically punked LA in 08. Thanks To Their Defensive and Kg Taunts lol. If Artest Improves His Shooting I assure You he will be the link. We all know he can make shots but I think his confidence is up to par. Lamar Makes Shots and Sometimes Go Outside The Play and Still score.That Cconfidence from the team allowing him and trusting him to do what is best with the ball is what I want to see in Artest…….QueensBridge But Im From Baltimore Md LMAO