I love how you guys believe in this 'honor' that Bynum HAS to prove something, and that he OWES the Lakers anything at all.
This is a business. You try to get every penny you could, because you aren't going to be playing ball forever. The Lakers don't give a damn about Bynum if his career were to end tomorrow. Why should Bynum care about the Lakers? Buss is a multimillionaire. Bynum's looking out for himself. His agent is looking out for him.
This is capitalism. I know they engrain this 'loyalty' propaganda crap. There is no loyalty in business. You try to get as much as you can from whom you're negotiating with, and they try to stiff you the best they can.
I love how people are getting ANGRY at this agent. If you had a job agent, and he was trying to get you a top salary for your job as say an accountant, would you get angry? No! You paid him to get you top dollar! If Bynum didn't care about the money, he'd negotiate his contract on his own!
As for 'burning bridges'. Are you kidding me? Bynum isn't competing for any job. Bynum is the Lakers' to lose. Bynum will have at least half a dozen MAX contract offers and sign and trades waiting for him if the Lakers decide to stiff him.
The Lakers can play this waiting game if they want, but even if we assume his peak is his 15/10/2.5 blks, he's still going to get max, due to the market value for big men.
Edited by lakerfool, October 19, 2008 - 07:19 PM.
Gooden>> Lamar Odom. Mo Williams>> Ray Allen>> Gasol. Nene= Gasol.