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Report: Andrew Bynum “indifferent” to trade rumors

Dec 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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Andrew Bynum went straight from high school to the circus environment that can be the Los Angeles Lakers. It is in those three rings where he learned how to be a professional. That started with the little things, like eating healthier after practice than McDonalds, and worked its way up to dealing with the media.

And trade rumors. If you are on the Lakers you will end up in a lot of trade rumors. Doesn’t matter your importance or stature, you will eventually be named in rumors from the realistic to ridiculous. Bynum has been in a constant stream of trade rumors since he entered the league and he’s learned how to deal with them.

Which is why this report about Bynum not being fazed by talk of him being swapped for Dwight Howard makes sense. From Yannis Koutroupis at Hoopsworld.

The source classified Bynum as “indifferent” to all the trade talk and willing to play wherever. This is the third time he’s been rumored to be the centerpiece of a package for an All-Star, previously being involved in discussions for Kevin Garnett and Jason Kidd.

The source also spoke highly regarding how good of a fit Bynum would be in Orlando, stating that it’s his time to be the man. Bynum voiced the desire to be more of a featured option at the conclusion of last season, but it’s going to be hard for that to happen as long as Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant are still Lakers.

New Lakers coach Mike Brown wants to focus the offense more around the Lakers big men (comparing it to the Tim Duncan and David Robinson offense in San Antonio), but there are only so many shots to go around and Bynum will be option No. 3.

That same source thinks Bynum will end up in Orlando. Maybe. Orlando first will have to have Howard tell them he is not willing to sign an extension. When the offers come in, a Lakers package based around Bynum and Lamar Odom for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu might be the best out there. But then the Magic have to decide if they want the public relations hit of dealing Howard to the franchise that took Shaq from them.

Which is to say it could happen but we’re a long way from there. Not that Andrew Bynum cares one way or another.

  1. sebstos29 - Dec 3, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    let him go, he’s a good player but he’s too injury prone.

  2. trbowman - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    That’s what they all say

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 3, 2011 at 11:49 PM

      Except for Chauncey Billups and Rajon Rondo, for beginners.

  3. diablito0402 - Dec 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Who cares what the public relation hit that orlando fans take or say, just make the deal to the lakers and dont worry about any other team winning a ring for the next few years!!

  4. sunsation3413 - Dec 3, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Why would Orlando want Bynum and Odom? Bynum hasn’t proved he can stay healthy and Odom …..well at least he’s Mr Kardashian. Draft picks are a better option or even better, spend money and get CP3 to sign in Orlando.

  5. darealrandolph - Dec 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Dwight Howard will join Deron Williams in Brooklyn

  6. darealrandolph - Dec 3, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Deron Williams and Anthony Marrow? Nets? not a nets fan but dwight howard would love to play with deron williams and anthony marrow

  7. darealrandolph - Dec 3, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    JAY Z and Russian Owner is gunna make sure Dwight Howard and Deron Williams
    will play for the Brooklyn Nets

  8. jonrambo - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Just stfu Bynum and try not to get all ghetto when the playoffs start and you actually have to try. Quit turtleing kid

  9. cbone2011 - Dec 4, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Come to LA Howard we would love to have him.

  10. omniusprime - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    I hope the Lakers stay pat with Bynum. Howard may be a great center but to pick up the garbage that is Hedo makes the deal not worth it. What the Lakers need is a young small point guard to replace Fisher who is just too old and slow to remain a starter. Fisher would be a great second point guard but we need speed at Kobe’s wing. A short season bodes well for the older Lakers who won’t be as gassed going into the playoffs like they were last season. Plus we want revenge against the Mavs who don’t deserve to repeat.

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