Andrew Bynum $16.1 Million Player Option Picked Up By Lakers

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 14: Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers tries to drive on Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City defeated Los Angeles 119-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Andrew Bynum had his $16.1 million player option picked up by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Andrew Bynum doesn't appear to be going anywhere. At least not yet.

The Lakers have picked up the $16.1 million player option on Bynum, ensuring that he'll stay under contract with the Lakers through the 2012-13 season. Bynum made $14.9 million this past season. Bynum is by far the second best center in the league and should ensure Los Angeles remains a playoff contender for the foreseeable future as long as he's a Laker.

The next step for the Lakers will be securing Bynum to a contract extension that'll make him a Laker for a much longer period of time. With Kobe Bryant not getting any younger and Pau Gasol being potentially shopped, this franchise will soon be Bynum's, and the Lakers have to make a decision about whether they want Bynum to become the face of their franchise.

Talk about Bynum returning to the Lakers over at Silver Screen and Roll.

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