In obvious move, Lakers to pick up option on Andrew Bynum

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Over his last 10 games, Andrew Bynum has averaged 24 points while shooting 65.7 percent plus grabbing 13.1 rebounds per game. He’s been a beast at the end of games, where the Lakers are finally feeding him (read: Kobe Bryant is finally trusting him) and he is delivering. Plus, Bynum is staying healthy.

He is fulfilling his promise this season, with that has come recognition like being on the All-Star team.

Also it means money — the Lakers are picking up their option on him, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers have until June 30 to exercise the $16.1-million option they have for the last year of Bynum’s contract. After next season, however, he becomes a free agent unless they negotiate an extension between now and then.

When you wonder why the Lakers are making cost cutting moves over the next few seasons, remember the Bynum extension and the increasingly punitive luxury tax that comes with the new CBA.