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In obvious move, Lakers to pick up option on Andrew Bynum

Mar 20, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

Lakers center Bynum gets around Grizzlies forward Speights during the second half of NBA action in Memphis Reuters

Over his last 10 games, Andrew Bynum has averaged 24 points while shooting 65.7 percent plus grabbing 13.1 rebounds per game. He’s been a beast at the end of games, where the Lakers are finally feeding him (read: Kobe Bryant is finally trusting him) and he is delivering. Plus, Bynum is staying healthy.

He is fulfilling his promise this season, with that has come recognition like being on the All-Star team.

Also it means money — the Lakers are picking up their option on him, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers have until June 30 to exercise the $16.1-million option they have for the last year of Bynum’s contract. After next season, however, he becomes a free agent unless they negotiate an extension between now and then.

When you wonder why the Lakers are making cost cutting moves over the next few seasons, remember the Bynum extension and the increasingly punitive luxury tax that comes with the new CBA.

  1. cdins - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Robo legs looks like hes bowling over the defender there

  2. xrateplaya - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Ballhog black hole.. Stop shooting when u got three guys on u and pass the damn ball out.. And ur not better than that whiner Howard.. He dominates ur ass whenever u play

    Lakers fan here

  3. 00maltliquor - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Uh-oh, uh-oh! Lakers need to trade Bynum next year! Another star player with a contract running out! Time to hit the panic button a la Utah! Oh Lawrd, what is we gon’ do!?

  4. bushido49ers - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Bynum played 82 games last season and has not missed one since. You would think the questions about his health would be moot. As for him being ‘dominated’ every time he plays against D Howard the numbers don’t support that.

    The new breed of Lakers Fan is a very scary bunch. Like Republicans you’re not very good with math. You have your homework assignment, kids.

  5. loungefly74 - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    i don’t see Bynum going anywhere for a loooong time…which is great. he is one of the few “true” centers in the league, he is too valuable.

  6. lakerluver - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    If healthy, In another season or two Bynum will be the best center in the NBA. Yep, even better than D12.

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