Andrew Bynum, Lakers Have Begun to Discuss a Contract Extension

by July 26, 2012

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.”