Will Andrew Bynum Return to LA in 2014?

2/26/13 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The Los Angeles Lakers before this season, traded their young, oft-injured center in Andrew Bynum as part of a three-team trade to land Dwight Howard and pair him with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash.

However, through 58 games this year, the Lakers are a measly 28-30.  The chemistry between Kobe, Dwight and Nash just hasn't materialized the way the Lakers might have hoped. The bench has been one of the most inconsistent groups in the NBA this season.

Apr. 7, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum during the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 125-105.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsSo what's in store for the future? Dwight is a free agent at the conclusion of the season.  Andrew Bynum, who has yet to play a game this season with the Sixers, is also a free agent at the end of the year. 

If Dwight is to bolt Los Angeles and establish a different route for his NBA career, the Lakers will be left to make an important decision on their future with Kobe and Nash entering the twilight of their respective careers. Most NBA teams have injected their rosters with youth in order to keep pace with the fast-paced game it has become of late. 

With Bynum fresh off a year of rest, will the Lakers turn to their former center for a return? Dwight has constantly shown this season that he has a ways to go to become the offensive player the Lakers will need on the low block while a healthy Andrew Bynum has proved that he is without question, the top offensice center in the league. 

Lakers fans might not enjoy this column because they have already forgotten about Bynum as they were expecting a superstar center in Howard, however, he has been anything but while also not committing to a future with the team.

Most assumed his personality would flourish is a large market like Los Angeles or New York, but it has become abundantly clear that his psyche is not fit for the bright lights - he may be more suited for a role in Houston or Dallas.

when that eventually happens, what will be the Lakers next move? Re-signing Andrew Bynum. Rest assured. 
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