Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound over teammate Andrew Bynum #17 and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May at Staples Center on May 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 99-96.
(May 17, 2012 – Source: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America)
Los Angeles announced the move Monday. General manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed last month the Lakers would exercise the option.
Bynum is coming off his best NBA season after averaging career highs with 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds while making his first All-Star team, starting for the West. He was the NBA’s third-leading rebounder and 20th-leading scorer while also ranking sixth in the league with 1.93 blocked shots per game.
Bynum also avoided the injuries that have dogged him throughout a seven-year career since the Lakers made the New Jersey high schooler the youngest player ever drafted in 2005. Bynum played in 60 of the Lakers’ 66 regular-season games, missing four due to suspension.