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Lakers Exercise Andrew Bynum’s Contract

Los Angeles Lakers/NBA(LOS ANGELES) -- In an expected move, the Los Angeles Lakers exercised all-star center Andrew Bynum's $16.1 million option on Monday.

Bynum is coming off his best season in 2012 in which he put up career best in points (18.7) and rebounds (11.8) per game and also made his first all-star game in seven seasons.

Lakers vice president of player personnel Jim Buss stressed the importance of keeping Bynum in Los Angeles next season.

"I think it's pretty obvious how I feel about Andrew Bynum," Buss told the Mason & Ireland Show on 710 ESPN last week. "He's an incredible All-Star center, and you can build the future around him."

Bynum and the team have not discussed any long-term contract, according to a source close to the team.

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