October 31, 2008

Andrew Bynum, Lakers Agree on Extension

The Los Angeles Lakers and their prized young center Andrew Bynum have reached a deal to extend Bynum's contract for four more years.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the deal is worth $42 million guaranteed for three seasons, with a $16 million option for the fourth.

If you ask me, the deal comes at an iffy time. The Lakers won easily against the Portland Trailblazers in their season opener and just crushed the hapless Los Angeles Clippers in a 38-point win in a Staples Center tenant match the following night, but Bynum only had so-so performances in both games.

In those two games, Andrew Bynum averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks and 47% shooting from the field. I know it's still early in the NBA season, but that's still a far cry from the 17 points, 10 rebounds and 60% shooting he had just before he left with a knee injury early this year.

But I still think Bynum is the Lakers' center of the future. Four more years with Kobe Bryant and the rest of the Lakers is definitely a good window of championship glory for the young center.

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