Lakers Unlikely to Trade Andrew Bynum?

by February 09, 2011

Despite the rumors, Carmelo Anthony is unlikely to end up playing in SoCal due to the fondness certain Laker execs have for Bynum, and the prohibitive salary ‘Melo would command. From the OC Register: “The Lakers do not intend to trade Bynum, at 23 their one youthful building block for the future and still coveted by Lakers vice president Jim Buss despite chronic knee problems. The organization’s basketball decisions are increasingly being made by Buss on behalf of his father, Lakers owner Jerry Buss. The Lakers have had previous Anthony-related discussions, but not only are the Lakers resistant to trading Bynum, they have no intention of adding a salary such as Anthony’s. He would average more than $20 million per season in his extension if acquired and signed, and the Lakers already are uneasy that their league-high payroll is bloated now and into the future.”