Thursday , Apr , 03 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kupchak Expects Andrew Bynum Back in Regular Season

Kupchak said the Lakers hoped to have Bynum back "with a game or two to go" in the regular season, and he also expressed confidence in the team even before Gasol was acquired.

"Before we got Pau, I thought we could play with anyone," he said.

Kupchak also said the team would like to re-sign restricted free agents Sasha Vujacic and Ronny Turiaf, although he hedged somewhat when asked if Lamar Odom would receive a contract extension this summer. Odom, 28, has one more season and $14.1 million left on his contract. [LA Times]