Tuesday , Oct , 21 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Andrew Bynum Wants $17 Million a Year from the Lakers

Andrew Bynum Wants $17 Million a Year from the LakersSo we have a number.  After much talk of the difficulties between Andrew Bynum (and his agent) and the Los Angeles Lakers, we finally have an indication of just how big the gap is.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Bynum’s agent, David Lee, met Friday for about an hour at the team’s training facility, though the only agreement to come from it was to talk again in the near future.

Lee is seeking a five-year extension for his client worth an estimated $17 million a year, while the Lakers are more comfortable paying Bynum about $10 million a year, possibly with incentives for All-Star appearances and team playoff success.

As per terms of the collective-bargaining agreement, teams can only offer incentives that move an annual salary upward. Bynum could not be penalized financially for missing games because of injuries.latimes.com

So there you have it.  Bynum and Lee are looking for around seven million dollars a year more than Kupchak and Co. were hoping to shell out.  So what is he actually worth?  Should the Lakers gamble on his potential and meet his demands or risk losing him to free agency next summer?  Will they meet in the middle and draft a deal before the deadline?  Let us know what you think in the comment section.