L.A. Times: Andrew Bynum’s agent will meet with the Lakers on Friday in hopes of agreeing to a maximum contract extension for his client, a process that so far has been “disappointing,” according to his agent.
The Lakers have until Oct. 31 to sign Bynum to a five-year extension, though agent David Lee said his discussions with the Lakers were “few and not significant.”
Bynum, who turns 21 on Oct. 27, has been slowly rounding into basketball shape in his first month back on the court since the center suffered a season-ending knee injury last January.
Bynum, who will make $2.8 million this season in the final year of his contract, can sign a five-year extension worth up to about $88 million, a financial figure that won’t be determined until the NBA’s salary cap for the 2009-10 season is announced next summer.
The Lakers are hoping to sign Bynum for a number closer to $78 million. They also want to better gauge his health and on-court activity over the final five pre-season games.