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Lakers want to move quickly on Howard or focus on Bynum extension

Jul 18, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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The Lakers and Magic sat down Tuesday and talked about what it would take to get a Dwight Howard trade done.

We told you that was happening and Dave McMenamin of confirmed it. We also told you that they can talk all they want but unless Andrew Bynum agrees to commit to staying in Orlando long term — remember he is a free agent next summer as well — the Magic aren’t going to do it. So far Bynum has not (and Howard has not committed to staying in Los Angeles). Then there is the added issue that the Magic have wanted young players and picks, and wanted to move their anchor contracts like Jason Richardson in a deal — the Lakers might be willing to take on Richardson or they mays need to bring in at least one more team to make the deal work.

All of which is to say the Lakers are doing their due diligence and trying, but I wouldn’t bet the house on Howard in purple and gold. Or even $5.

And if that falls through, the Lakers will quickly turn their attention to getting Andrew Bynum to sign long-term with the team, reports.

Bynum and his agent, David Lee, are scheduled to return from an Alaskan fishing vacation Wednesday. Lakers officials are set to meet Wednesday to discuss their negotiating strategy with Bynum before reaching out to his representative but are well aware that there will not be much wiggle room once the negotiations begin; Bynum will expect a max contract extension.

There is no negotiation here. Roy Hibbert and Brook Lopez just got max deals, and if that is the market Bynum — already an All-Star and just starting to come into his prime — is a max player. Yes he can be temperamental and yes there is an injury history, doesn’t matter. A max contract for Bynum isn’t a bad deal. In fact, it’s the only deal.

The only question is if he signs an extension or, more likely under the new rules, becomes a free agent and then re-signs with the Lakers. Los Angeles can offer larger raises and one more guaranteed year than any other team, they likely can keep Bynum.

Well, if they don’t trade him first.

  1. thraiderskin - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    This might be blasphemous, but with what the Rocket’s were offering for D Howard, why don’t the Lakers take them up on SOME of that for Bynum. Obviously, Bynum isn’t worth as much as Howard, but with the news that Kobe might retire is 2 years, shouldn’t our organization be looking at starting to rebuild? If we could get two of this year’s drafted players and perhaps a 1st next year from Houston, we might be able to remain competitive. At the minimum, we would have the fire power to make future moves to remain competitive. While Bynum CAN be amazing, to me he is more than a headache and has a desire to play in Houston.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      i see your point but the oversight is the Lakers don’t rebuild…they reload. even when Kobe is gone in a couple years…they will be courting the best players to come play for them as they have done in the past.

      i’m surprised Kurt thinks this is a long shot deal (“…but I wouldn’t bet the house on Howard in purple and gold. Or even $5.) Being one of the few teams to be in the mix does not make them a long shot…

      as a Laker fan…i see this whole circus act as a “WIN-WIN” situation…we either have Bynum or Howard at the 5…i like that a lot.

  2. chargerdillon - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Does anybody remember the turmoil the Lakers essentially went through as Pau Gasol sat there dangling over teams heads completely taking his mental game away from the court. Sure he shouldve been stronger and not let the distractions get to him, but he’s human, and eventually it takes it’s toll.

    So now instead we have the same BS done to Gasol being done to Bynum. A much younger and much more delicate head case that Pau ever is. How long does this continue before you dont end up with Howard and you completely alienate an immature Bynum into never signing an extension with the Lakers. After awhile these guys get tired of treated like a piece of meat and want some security from their team.

    Make no mistake, Gasol doesnt feel comfortable and never will again and him being in the same locker room with Bynum can only create these same feelings in Bynum.

    Nobody is looking at the fact Dwight Howard didnt even finish last season, what’s the difference between that situation and the championship we lost because Bynum wasnt healthy.

    As much as I’d rather have Dwight there comes a point you have to push forward and stop being wishywashy as they have done with Gasol and Bynum. Whether any of them stay or go the Lakers management is starting to look pretty poor. Lakers fan forever here, without Dwight on the Lakers roster, i dont see any team having the pieces to beat the Miami Heat with the exception of some injuries along the way. Heat arnt going anywhere anytime soon. Hate them all you want, they are the real deal.

    • brutl - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      If you believe Kobe and you have watched Bynum’s body language and heard him in interviews after he’s done stupid stuff, he really doesn’t care! He has a don’t give a f— attitude, which can be great great but sometimes gets him in trouble. I don’t think this will affect Bynum at all.

  3. lmvs2012 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Bla bla bla blaaaaaa!…i dont wanna waste time to this two special KID name dwight & andrew….sick & tired of hearing this two KIDS name!

  4. shockexchange - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    The Lakers can end this now – Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      nope. that is too much for Howard. end of story.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        Your damn right that’s too much! The way I read that article at first was him saying F the BS, why get Howard when we got Pau and ‘Drew at the same damn time! But then I re-read that and it looks as if he’d give up both for Dwight Coward. Hells naw!! I don’t want that puss!

        Don’t do it Lakeshow!!!! 2013 NBA champions!

      • shockexchange - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        Lakers either need to fish or cut bait.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        as a Laker fan…i’m okay with this squad…thank you very much.

  5. lakerluver - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    You’re right, it is blasphemous!! Dude, Kobe and Nash both are very close to the end of their careers, do you actually think the LAKERS would trade Bynum for picks? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!!! The LAKERS want to win NOW!!

  6. lakerluver - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    @brutl, you took the words right out of my mouth. Just because Pau is a little on the sensitive side doesn’t mean Bynum is too! I think Bynum’s preference is to remain a LAKER, but I bet a part of him also wants to have his own team right now. The LAKERS need to make this deal happen!! Kobe and Nash don’t have time to wait and see if Bynum is going to mature into a franchise type player. With Howard the LAKERS can win the title right now!!!

    • camnellum12 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      With the current bench the Lakers have, it’s a stretch to say the Lakers would take it all with Howard.It’s crazy people don’t consider Dwight’s back, it would scare me away as a front office person. What’s the point of putting all your eggs in one basket when you can improve in depth.

  7. monsterofyourgirlsmidway - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    @ thraiderskin..First of all, rebuilding now wouldn’t make sense, seeing as the lakers just signed veteran Steve Nash. Kobe wants to win now and bringing in Howard gives them the best chance at winning this year, so rebuilding again does not make any sense. Come to think of it, when have the lakers ever traded away their star players to rebuild? NEVER. so again, rebuilding doesn’t make any sense.

    It’s a nice idea for other teams to adopt, but its just not the laker way.

    P.S. please stop saying “we” like you’re part of the organization.

  8. camnellum12 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Dwight Howard even said on his Twitter he’s not even healthy (and he’s complaining about the Magic organization):

  9. chrmngblly - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    I would rather have Bynum. Do back problems ever go away? Howard could be lounging around in Laker-land, like Luke Walton, for years drawing a salary and nobody having the guts to let him go. No, If the Lakers need a “speed” type center for when the Thunder come to town, there are some forwards who can fill the bill on defense. For now we can’t really even trade Pau since he is our second best-back-up center, no matter who we eventually get.

    If the lakers do take my advice I hope Nash and Kobe take Andrew aside and promise to feed him the ball enough to shut all his detractors up and so give him his face back. People make it seem like Bynum is some bush-league player—-and he is an all star!

    How would it be if the Lakers still had Kwame Brown?

  10. jikkle49 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    There is a bank in every city so I doubt the trade rumors are really messing with Bynum’s head.

  11. thevza - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    “Alaskan fishing vacation?” I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume it was Bynum’s agent’s idea to take a nice, secluded trip that would be a bonding experience between the two. Coincidentally it occurs right before Bynum’s big contract extension negotiation payday. Imagine that!

  12. davidly - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Unless the Magic think they can find a better deal, I don’t see why they even care at this point whether Bynum agrees to stay. If they want him, they should deal. Bynum would either have a great year in Orlando and require bigger money, or he wouldn’t and the Magic could let him walk.

    It’s clear they don’t want to be stuck with Howard anymore, so from their perspective, the situation would be an upgrade.

  13. jgray30 - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Just focus on Bynum (lakers front office). No player, or very few under the new cba, is going to be stupid enough to agree to an extention. Especially when they can make more money as a FA. My guess is if DH does make it to Brooklyn, he will still opt out to be a FA to get that dough. I gauranfuc*intee that u wont see Bynum and DH agree to an extension. Move on L.A., you already have probably the best starting 5. Going for the homerun/DH, will only end up hurting you to the point that we lose out on both Bynum and DH.

  14. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    keep Bynum, Howard is a clown and has back problems.

  15. rohlo - Jul 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    dont think howard has it in the back of his mind that kobe will be gone in 2 years maybe and nash is prob gonna retire too!then he’ll be stuck in rebuild mode..player like kobe bryant dont grow on ttrees and dont say you’ll sign mor stars there is no free agents coming up in two years on the smae level as kobe or lebron!!!!!

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