Lakers Pick Up Andrew Bynum’s Contract Option for 2012-13 Season

The Los Angeles Lakers picked up the contract option of All-Star center Andrew Bynum for the 2012-13 National Basketball Association season.

The Lakers, whose season ended with a second-round playoff loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, didn’t disclose financial terms of the option in a statement yesterday. The Los Angeles Times has reported it’s worth $16.1 million.

Bynum, 24, averaged a career-high 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds while playing in 60 of the Lakers’ 66 games this season. He averaged 16.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in the playoffs, though he was limited to 10 points and four rebounds in a season-ending Game 5 loss to the Thunder.

Bynum told reporters after that loss that “it doesn’t matter” where he played next season. The Lakers’ 2005 first- round draft pick later said he wanted to return to Los Angeles.

Bynum has won two NBA titles in his seven seasons with the Lakers, averaging 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.

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