Andrew Bynum unfazed by Trade Rumors
The agent for Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum says it would be “foolish” for any team to trade for his client without first speaking to Bynum to gauge his interest in signing an extension or long-term contract with them.
The Lakers so far have not granted the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic or any team permission to speak directly with Bynum or his representatives. Bynum has been the subject of trade talks involving the Magic’s Dwight Howard.
“I can’t imagine any team foolish enough to do the deal without asking permission to speak to Andrew,” Bynum’s agent David Lee told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Thursday. “That’s beyond belief, but strange things happen.”
However Lee denied that Bynum had a list of preferred destinations, saying he and Bynum chuckled when they read reports while on vacation in Alaska last week indicating he had already made such decisions.
Sources have told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard that Bynum likely would not sign an extension anywhere else but with the Lakers this summer because it benefits him financially to wait until after the season so he can get a longer, more lucrative deal.