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Lakers talk extension with Andrew Bynum (which he will not sign)

Jul 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

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While the Lakers were talking to Orlando about a Dwight Howard trade, they have always been only willing to make a deal they really liked. Because the fallback position for them is to bring Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash into camp and chase a ring.

Then the Lakers can sign their All-Star 24-year-old center (who averaged 18.7 points and 11.2 rebounds a game last season) to a long-term deal — but that’s not going to happen until next summer.

Still, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has reportedly started that dance, talking extension with Andrew Bynum’s agent, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Andrew Bynum’s agent spoke Wednesday about a contract extension for Bynum, an indication of the Lakers’ ongoing interest in locking Bynum beyond next season.

Bynum’s agent told Ramona Shelburne of that there have not been substantive conversations about an extension. It’s negotiations, neither side can ever agree about what they even discussed. Remember the lockout?

Here is how this dance is going to go — the Lakers are going to offer Bynum a max contract extension, which would add three years on to the additional year he has on his deal.

Bynum will turn that down. He will play out the season and — if he has not been traded by the Lakers for Howard — Bynum will re-sign a five-year deal with the Lakers at the max.

Why go that route? Because by becoming a free agent Bynum gets five years and larger raises than are allowed under an extension. It is what Deron Williams did with the Nets, it is what all free agents will do as long as the CBA stays worded the way it does.

Bynum will re-sign with the Lakers and not bolt as a free agent because at 24 he is motivated by money more than many and the Lakers can offer more of it. Plus, in that next contract window Kobe will retire and the Lakers will be built around him. He likes that idea.

So it’s a dance, which Kupchak and Bynum have begun but will last until July. If Bynum is still a Laker in July. Which at this rate he probably will be.

  1. shockexchange - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    After repeatedly being thrown under the bus by Horry Jr and having my name the subject of trade rumors, if I were Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time I would walk.

  2. lakerade - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    May Bynum’s play, not just his size and ceiling, warrant the end of this dance.

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  5. misterdreamer119 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Salary cap will be 58 million in 2 years. Bynum will eat up 20 mil of it. The NBA is going to look different in 2 years.

  6. misterdreamer119 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    As soon as he gets that
    $ 100,000,000 contract, injuries, attitude, friction with mates will become an issue. All of it is part of his history. Garanteed contracts man the hunger leaves.

  7. lakerluver - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    If they were as soft and mentally challenged as you, SHOCKEXCHANGE, they probably would walk. However, without the “privilege” of playing with one of the all time greats, Bynum nor Pau would have those lovely championship rings. Idiots such as yourself constantly try to knock down Kobe’s achievements and make him out to be a player others don’t want to play with. But I’ve never heard it reported that Bynum or Pau wanted out of L.A. because of Kobe. CP3 was all set to come to L.A. Nash even ASKED to be traded to the LAKERS!! My point is you are absolutely clueless. I’m looking forward to the LAKERS and Kobe getting another ring so HOPEFULLY losers like you will just stfu and go away.

    • shockexchange - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      Lakerluver, speak facts. Either (I) Horry Jr has thrown them under the bus after losses or he hasn’t and (ii) they are constantly mentioned as trade bait or not. Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ will never get the full recognition they deserve playing with Horry Jr.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        how kobe deals with his teammates is their issue. not sure why you take it so personally? we all know kobe is an “alpha” and sometimes needs to put his teammates in check if he feels somethings not right. he has earned the right to do that, like it or not. if i need to explain to you how he has earned that right, then you my friend, are clueless about the NBA.

        i think every NBA knows the game is a team effort and no one wins by themselves. again, not sure why you think gasol/bynum get shafted by kobe? its a team game. they won those 2 titles together.

        no reason to not think that this squad has the ability to win the title this year. if they win, i hope you stop your flappin’…

  8. diablito0402 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    So he wont sign extention??? What if he blows out his knee, and he is out for the year, im sure he wont get that max deal after that.

  9. naterich21 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    How will he resign? Isn’t Kobe making like 30million that year

  10. deepfreezerob - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Naterich… It’s called Lard Bird rights. Lakers will be over the cap for years. But they will sign Bynum nevertheless

    • naterich21 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      You’re making Larry Bird sound like a fatass

  11. Kevin S. - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    There’s actually a very big reason for Bynum to re-sign, especially after August 15 – if he signs an extension larger than what would be allowable in an extend-and-trade (which three more years with 7.5% raises would be), he can’t be traded for six months. If he signs it after the 15th, that takes him past the trading deadline, and removes any chance of him being traded for Dwight Howard. That and not having to absorb the risk of playing the full season before inking his deal would be reasons to sign an extension now.

  12. lakerluver - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Pau gets thrown under the bus because he has played soft the last two years. Or perhaps you didn’t watch him in the last two playoffs. Remember, Kobe was a 3 time champ before Pau arrived. But, of course, that was ALL Shaq. The way Pau “performed” the last two years he deserved criticism. I guess you haven’t heard all the times Kobe has praised Pau. Like after winning his fifth title when he said that it wouldn’t have been possible without Pau. Bynum got thrown under the bus (if that’s what you want to call it) five years ago when Kobe was tired of losing and wanted the LAKERS to trade Bynum for a HOF’er (Jason Kidd). Again, I ask you if what you claim is true why did Nash go to LA? Why didn’t Lamar want to leave? Why doesn’t Pau or Bynum want to leave? Why did CP3 want to come? Why will Howard stay IF the LAKERS trade for him? You can’t answer because you’re clueless.

    • camnellum12 - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:51 AM

      So averaging 17 and 10 is soft? You do realize that when Mike Brown pushed Pau out of the post, he deferred and couldn’t utilize his talent. And I hope you were playing when you said the 3-peat years was “ALL” Shaq. It’s a two-way street, Kobe wouldn’t be a 5x champion without help of Shaq and Shaq wouldn’t be a 4x champ without Kobe.

      And every time you type the word Lakers, it seems like you yell it like you have turrets (not trying to make fun of people with the condition). But please stop acting like Pau is on the decline, he’s still a top 3 PF in the NBA, I got him No.2 on my list.

      • borderline1988 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM


        I think Gasol will have a breakout year. Nash and Gasol will be a monster pick and roll duo, since both Nash and Gasol can shoot the midrange jumper and go to the rim effectively, and both are terrific passers to open shooters or cutters.

        If Gasol sets a high pick and roll for Nash, Gasol’s man will have to hedge Nash b/c Nash is one of the best shooters of all time. Gasol will roll towards the FT line, where Nash will get him the ball, and then Gasol can shoot if he’s open, put one dribble down and go to the rim, or play high-low with Bynum/find a shooter in the corner. It will be unstoppable.

      • candidohernandez - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        You had me til you dropped that top 3 Pf comment. Not anymore. Off top of my head: Durant, Love, and Dirk. Bosh and Griffin above him too. Then you can talk Gasol although its still debatable.

      • camnellum12 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Kevin Durant is a SF. Dirk is a shell of himself, he averaged 6.8 rebounds last year. Griffin is right behind Gasol, he may be a 20-10 guy, but he has no jumper and he’s a TERRIBLE defender. Bosh, you could make an argument, but it’s hard to say as he’s the 3rd wheel in Miami.

        1. Kevin Love
        2. Pau Gasol
        3. Blake Griffin
        4. LaMarcus Aldridge
        5. Chris Bosh

      • candidohernandez - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        As opposed to Gasol who was a third wheel…now fourth in LA? Bosh is definitely above Gasol who has had a few subpar seasons while Dirk had one bad year after winning a championship with a shell of a team around him and still its number one player. Gasol has not leap frogged Dirk.

        Griffin is younger and on his upside and has had better seasons last two years as its nbr one and then number two player. Gasol has the talent to be a top 3 PF but is not right now. Also who wld a team take tmw….Gasol or Lamarcus? Gasols stock has dropped a ton. I agree thr system is partly to blame tho.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Kobe needed Shaq, and Shaq needed Kobe (to win championships).
      Gasol needed Kobe and Kobe needed Gasol (Lakers were pretty crappy in the years prior to Gasol arriving).
      Lebron needed Wade & Bosh, and vice versa.

      The point is, you cannot win a championship on your own. You need a good team around you to win, no matter who you are.
      Which is why arguments about who has more rings is often stupid. Kobe wouldn’t have 5 rings if he spent his entire career on the Cleveland Cavaliers, he’d likely have 0 (I don’t intend to make this a Lebron vs Kobe thing, I’m just trying to make a point).

  13. candidohernandez - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Kobe HAS thrown those guys under the bus and rarely points to his own mistakes. With that being said these are dumb arguments. Teams win championships not individual players. Gasol is no longer top 3 PF in the league. Dropped considerably.

  14. pop562 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    I’m surprise that Kevin Garnett name is not mentioned in the power forward conversation. He helped the celtics to a game 7 ECF…he’s a great defender, has a great 15-20 foot jumper, and dominates in the post. He’s also a great rebounder.

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