L.A. Times: One big-time business deal is in the books for the Lakers, the signing of Andrew Bynum to a contract extension Thursday that secured the young center until 2013.
But next summer will bring more business dealings for the Lakers. Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza are in the final year of their contracts, and Kobe Bryant can opt out of his contract next summer.
Odom and Ariza were happy to hear that Bynum had signed a four-year, $57.4-million contract extension. Odom and Ariza can’t negotiate new deals until July 1, but neither seemed concerned about his future when they talked Friday after practice.
Odom will earn $11.4 million in the final year of his contract this season. (His salary counts as $14.1 million against the salary cap because of a trade kicker he received when the Lakers acquired him from Miami.)
Last summer Odom’s agent talked to the Lakers’ management about a contract extension but was told to wait until next summer. Odom, who turns 29 Thursday, was asked if he’d be willing to take less money to stay with the Lakers.