L.A. Times: In some parallel universe, where 82-game schedules and contract talks didn’t exist, Andrew Bynum would be entering his senior year at the University of Connecticut.
But he jumped from oblivion into the NBA draft a year before 17-year-olds were banned, and there he was Tuesday night, going up against Portland center Greg Oden.
It has been an interesting month, along with an interesting week for Bynum, who will find out in the next few days if he’s an $85-million player.
The Lakers have until Friday to give him an extension of up to five years, though there has been only minimal movement in talks.
Bynum’s agent, David Lee, still wants maximum money, if not a shade below, and the Lakers are offering a little more than $10 million a season over the life of the contract. Bynum makes $2.8 million this season in the last year of his contract.
If Friday comes and goes without any progress, Bynum becomes a restricted free agent next July, at which point the Lakers can match any offer sheet he signs.