L.A. Times: Andrew Bynum on Thursday signed a four-year contract extension worth $57.4 million, but the Lakers aren’t done talking with agent David Lee.

Lee also represents forward Trevor Ariza, who will be an unrestricted free agent in July in what could be another lengthy contract negotiation.

Ariza has increased his all-around game, adding a three-point shot to an already intriguing mix of solid defense and burst around the basket.

He makes $3.1 million this season and could command at least double that number next summer if he continues to play as well as he has in a very young season. Through two games, Ariza is averaging 11 points and four rebounds in only 22.5 minutes a game. He has made four of five three-point attempts.

Ariza, 23, was acquired last November from Orlando for Brian Cook and Maurice Evans.

He worked hard during the off-season — “three hours a day,” his agent said — to improve his outside touch.

The Lakers have noticed. In fact, they’d like him to shoot more often.

“It’s not that he’s not a good shooter, it’s just that he doesn’t think shot,” Coach Phil Jackson said. “He’s looking to drive or penetrate. We try to get him to think [about] the fact that if you’re open, take a shot. This offense is an offense that creates shots for guys.”

  • ShortDiezel

    we need to jump on this.. and trade Walton for a draft pick so we can save cap space and prepare for the future

  • http://jamieinsider.celebuzz.com Jamie Spears Insider

    That’s not how it works. If we do trade Walton, we would need to get around the same type of contract back. The only way it’d work if we trade Walton for an expiring contract + draft pick but I don’t know if any team would go for that.

  • 1ofMany

    Ariza needs to get paid! He deserves at least Walton money! A 3 yr/15 mil would be perfect! Wether or not we are capable of offering that right now I dont know but he deserves at least that much!

  • LakersNo1

    This LEE guy will try to suck up all lakers $$ as possible, so he will push for more than wut fluke walton is getting. Is LEE representing Kobe or Pau? or Will he?

  • yellowpurplefever

    This David Lee (scumsucker lawyer agent) can’t stand this guy name anymore. Ariza deserves at least a MLE or $15mil/3years , this a fair deal. What he got for Andrew is abit much. Unless this Lee guy can pick up Luke’s contract and sell it to another team (under the table) for some cash.lol.