Friday , Oct , 31 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Andrew Bynum Becomes Overpaid with $58-Million Extension

Andrew Bynum Becomes Overpaid with $58-Million Extension
After taking a decidedly neutral position throughout the course of the Andrew Bynum negotiations, I’m now proud to say that the news of his four-year extension has forced me to take a stance.  Having run his numbers through my trusty stats-versus-cash formula, I’m going on record as calling him overpaid, overrated and generally a bad investment for Mitch Kupchak and the Legion of D…uh, LAL front office.

While young, semi-healthy seven-footers are hard to come by these days, Andrew Bynum’s value isn’t as advertised.  He may have shown flashes of capability in his cameo appearance in the ’07-’08 season, but he still appears to have the footwork of a puppy running on a frozen pond.  Where his movements aren’t impossibly awkward, they’re so painfully deliberate that defenders can anticipate the play before he’s even made his first dribble.  Seriously, Andy, throw a fake in every now and then.

The deal is worth about $58 million over four years, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing sources familiar with the negotiations.

The deal would keep Bynum under contract with the Lakers through the 2012-13 season, according to the report. The first three years of the deal are reportedly worth nearly $42 million, with a team option fourth year for about $16 million.

"We’re extremely happy to have signed Andrew to this extension, which will secure his immediate future with the franchise," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. "Andrew has shown a vast array of skills for a player his size and if he continues to stay dedicated and work hard to improve, he has an excellent chance to develop into one of the top players in the NBA."  ESPN

Let’s take a little look at the language employed by Mitch in the above statement.

extremely happy

Ignore that.  It’s not a signing statement unless you’ve got some shameless hyperbole in the first sentence.

this extension

You have to read between the lines a little here.  That part should have read "this [fucking] extension [that wasted a month of my life]" instead.

which will secure his immediate future with the franchise

Look a little closer.

immediate future

There it is.  Whether you call it a subversive dig or a Freudian revelation, it’s certainly something.  Could Kupchak be expressing reasonable reservations about this extension?  Does he agree (with me) that Bynum has just inked a deal that overvalues him?  Let us know what you think in the comment section.