Lakers Rumors: Is Andrew Bynum the Right Guy to Build Future of Franchise Around

With the Dwight Howard rumors heating up and the Los Angeles Lakers still in the running to land the superstar big man, there's one question both the Lakers and Orlando Magic need to ask: Is Andrew Bynum the right guy to build the future of their franchises around?

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak may be onto something, willing to include Bynum in a deal for Howard.

The 24-year-old had a fantastic 2012 season, averaging 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. But realistically, that could be as good as it gets for the seven-year pro.

After watching his first seven seasons in a Lakers uniform, it's difficult to say for sure that Bynum has the drive in him to keep getting better, or even offer up a repeat performance of 2012.

You have to be careful giving the keys to the car to a guy coming off a career year. Often, that's all it turns out to be.

But if the Lakers don't pull the trigger on a deal to acquire Howard, this will likely be Bynum's team in the future.

Is he capable of handling it?

The long list of off-the-court antics would suggest no. But he's only 24 and it's possible that it could take Bynum a little longer to grow up than most.

While he's the most attractive trade chip out there for the Magic, they have to proceed with caution as well.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Bynum has offered up no indication that he would be willing to sign an extension with the Magic if traded.

Bynum has shown no inclination to agree to an immediate extension if sent to Orlando as part of a Dwight Howard package, sources tell Y!

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 8, 2012 That's no real surprise, though, as it would be more beneficial to Bynum not to sign an extension right away as he could get more money by opting out of his deal rather than extending it.

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