Lakers’ Bynum offers conflicting views on future
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum offered confusing and somewhat conflicting comments after Monday’s Game 5 about whether he expects to remain with the Lakers, USA Today reported Tuesday.
He had just 10 points and four rebounds in 35 minutes of action in Monday’s loss to Oklahoma City, which eliminated the Lakers from the postseason.
The Lakers have said they plan to pick up their $16.1 million option on him for 2012-13, but when asked after game whether he expects to sign an extension with the Lakers in the offseason, he suggested he’d be willing to play elsewhere.
“I’m not sure [whether I'll sign an extension],” he said. “It really doesn’t matter to me. I’ll play anywhere. I think for the most part I had a pretty decent season and then an OK postseason. Obviously this last game was the worst game I’ve probably played. It sucks, obviously, we’re going fishing. My focus is next year and coming back stronger, adding things to my game.”
Later, he changed his stance, saying he’d like to remain with the Lakers.
“I definitely want to stay,” he said. “You kind of asked an open-ended question. Obviously things are going to be different come next year. I’m going to be ready.”
Bynum, 24, just completed his seventh NBA season, and he averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks during the regular season. In the playoffs, he averaged 16.7 points and 11.1 rebounds.