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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  7 responses

Andrew Bynum, Lakers Have Begun to Discuss a Contract Extension


Andrew Bynum’s future is in something of a holding pattern until the Dwight Howard fiasco comes to an end, but according to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, talks of a long-term contract extension have begun. From the LA Times: “Kupchak said he talked with Bynum’s representive, David Lee, on Wednesday about a long-term contract extension, a meeting he described as ‘positive and productive.’ But is such a Bynum signing imminent? ‘The next day or two? The next week or two?’ Kupchak asked. ‘No I don’t think so. Hopefully it progresses.’ The Lakers are still hoping to trade for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, but numerous reports suggest Orlando is in no hurry to ship the disgruntled center. Regardless, Bynum would likely be the centerpiece if such a deal took place. It could then hinge on what contracts the Lakers would absorb and whether the Magic, or a third team, would want Bynum without any assurances that he would sign an extension. Bynum, who is slated to make $16.1 million this season, has publicly expressed interest in signing a long-term extension with the Lakers. But Lee recently said that his client has not told him whether he would sign a contract extension with another team besides the Lakers.”

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  • Jer dawG

    Lakers want to sign him for $10 million a year and Andrew’s agent wants $25 million per year. Good luck trying to find that number

  • heyheyhey

    ^ easy 10+25/2. so roughly around 17 mil a year

  • MikeC.

    One way to put it is: “Andrew, you’re not worth $25 mil/year, so we’re not paying you $25 mil/year. We’re offering you $18 mil/year, this is the contract and the pen. Otherwise we’ll send you to Orlando.”

  • MUBWAR

    since when is Bynum worth Kobe money? on what planet? 3 years 45 to 48 million extension end of story.

  • Jake

    If not for those knees, I would maybe consider it. Unfortunately for him though, with injuries like that no one is going to pay him a max contract.

  • pposse

    he wants 25 mill a year??? am i missing somethng? will that make him the highest paid nba baller after kobes contract expires next year?

  • Loyola

    Hibbert. 4-year, $58. Bynum deserves more. 3-year, $58. He is the second best center in the league by far. He is playing at position where the competition is low. And the market say that if there are few things of one product that product is gonna be expensive. Kobe and especially Pau contract are excessive. Look Lebron and Wade contracts. 17-20 millions is the range.

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