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.”