Recently, I’m sure you all have heard that Bynum’s agent says that Bynum wants the max contract. Let’s take a look at this from both sides — Andrew Bynum and the Lakers.
First the Lakers. The Lakers would have to be crazy to pay Bynum the max with their current roster. First off, Bynum just came off a major injury where he took longer to heal than expected. Second, the Lakers already have Gasol and aren’t desperate. Third, the Lakers would be financially pressed for the next 5 years, meaning no role players and no way to resign current and upcoming Free Agents. Bye bye, Sasha, Ronny, and Farmar.
Now, Bynum’s side. If the Lakers don’t pay him the max, someone else will. He knows centers are too good to find. He knows he is a great talent. He also knows he might not get a long contract if he gets hurt again next year, so aim for 7 years now. There are teams that will pay the likes of Reggie Evans and Jerome James about 7 million, so Bynum feels he can get double that. For instance, the Hawks have a lot of caproom and would love to get a big man. I can see them throwing money Bynum’s way. The Knicks love to overpay and might work a sign and trade.
Basically, Bynum has nothing to lose in this situation except to look like a greedy player. This is before Arenas took less than the max with the Wizards to give them some cap flexibility. Maybe Bynum will change his mind. LeBron doesn’t even get the max. Paul doesn’t get the max. Should Bynum?
The question I ask all of you is… I think we all agree Bynum isn’t worth the max. However, if we don’t give him the max, I think someone else might. Is it worth it for the Lakers to protect themselves and pay Bynum what he wants to keep him from going to competition? Can you imagine the Kings signing him and then having to play against Bynum in 3 years?
Let’s hear your thoughts, Lakers Nation!