Bynum Denies Saying He Wants Own Team
Andrew Bynum is realistic. He knows that if the Los Angeles Lakers finally end up piecing together a trade with the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard, it’s tough to argue against the move.
“I think Dwight is a great player and obviously if the Lakers can get him for the right deal, it would be worthwhile,” Bynum said after the Lakers’ film session on Saturday. “But, if they want too much [in return], it won’t go through.
Bynum’s name has been linked to various trade scenarios that would land Howard for the Lakers, but he insists that it doesn’t bother him after having been rumored to be traded for the likes of Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony in recent seasons.
If he stays in L.A., that works for him. If he’s sent out of town, he’ll handle that too.
He made it clear that it does not take offense to hearing his name dangled in deals and he refuted a recent Yahoo! Sports report that stated, “Bynum has privately been heard to say this offseason that he wants his own team.”
“I never said anything like that,” Bynum told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I don’t care … I’ll be happy anywhere I play, honestly. It doesn’t really matter to me. In Orlando, I’ll probably get more shots and more touches, but here, I think this year they’ll need me to step up here. So, it really doesn’t matter.”