EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed in principle on a four-year contract extension with Andrew Bynum, according to a published report.
The deal would put the 21-year-old center under contract through the 2012-13 season.
Lakers spokesman John Black declined comment Thursday.
``If and when the team has something to announce, we will announce it at the appropriate time,'' he said.
Bynum, the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft, will make $2.8 million this season and has until Friday to sign an extension. If an agreement is not reached by then, the team can't negotiate with him until after the season and Bynum would become an unrestricted free agent.
Bynum's agent, David Lee, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.
Bynum, a 7-foot, 285-pounder, established himself as one of the NBA's up-and-coming big men last season before having season-ending knee surgery Jan. 13. He averaged 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.06 blocked shots in 35 games, 25 of them starts, before being injured.
in six games.
Bynum appears healthy now, making his team a solid favorite to win its first championship since 2002.
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