Lakers Lock Up Andrew Bynum with Four-Year Extension

Jeff LittleSenior Writer IOctober 31, 2008

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Andrew Bynum to a multi-year extension reportedly worth $58 million. The deal removes the possibility of the 21-year-old center becoming a free agent.

The deal will keep him in a Lakers jersey until 2012-2013 season. Bynum was the 10th overall pick by the Lakers in the 2005 NBA Draft. He will earn $2.8 million this season, with the extension kicking in next year.

If the deal hadn't been completed by Friday, the team wouldn’t have been able to negotiate with him until the end of the season, when he would be a free agent. The deal cements Bynum’s future with the Lakers.

The deal also means that the Lakers have locked up their two youngest players, Jordan Farmar and Andrew Bynum, for contract extensions and cemented their place as Lakers for the foreseeable future.

Bynum, a 7'0" 285-pounder had already established himself as one of the league's up-and-coming big men before he was injured in a Jan. 13 game and later had season-ending knee surgery.

He had averaged 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.06 blocks in 35 games. He started 25 of those games. Bynum had to sit on the bench and watch the Lakers go to the NBA Finals and he couldn’t be a part of it.

He worked hard in the offseason. He is healthy now and poised to make an impact on the balanced Lakers.

The contract is now out of the way, with both his and his family’s financial futures set. He can now focus on working hard to continue his development into one of the league's best. He will be making an impact on the court in an NBA city near you.