Andrew Bynum's Agent is in Talks With the Lakers About a Contract Extension
The 24-year-old center will get $16.1 million next year, and then will be an unrestricted free agent. He will be looking for a max contract somewhere, and has already reportedly given his shortlist of where he wants to go.
There are both pros and cons to extending Bynum's contract.
We'll start with the cons (to finish with the good news). He's shown that he is prone to injury, which is not good for a player with a max contract. He was healthy all of last season and took measures to enhance his knees' health over the summer, but there's still no telling what could happen. Bynum has also shown that he can be lazy at times (think of him staring into space in the playoffs) and has no loyalty to the city of Los Angeles ("There's a bank in every city."). These are not qualities you want in a guy who could be the face of your franchise. Knowing that he's got a fat, guaranteed contract may make him less likely to play the hardest he can, unlike he would if he were playing for a contract the following season.
Now the pros. Bynum has all the makings to be the best center in the NBA. He's the biggest and strongest player, and his offensive game is solid. Beyond that, he's shown that he wants the ball (albeit in the wrong way sometimes) and he knows what it takes for a team to win a championship. While there are seemingly less pros, they are huge.
There's no safe choice, but there are definitely big pros to keeping him on the team. No doubt Mitch Kupchak will make something happen, whether it's extending Bynum or signing Howard.