Lakers Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Can’t Afford to Part Ways with Andrew Bynum

The Los Angeles Lakers need to keep Andrew Bynum aboard for at least the 2012-13 NBA season.

And although he's been a part of the Dwight Howard trade discussion, the Lakers have a golden opportunity to keep their core unit intact.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

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 however, is not the main concern regarding Bynum's potential move out of L.A. As also reported by Wojnarowski:

Dallas and Cleveland are among teams with cap space that would interest Bynum in 2013 as a free agent, sources tell Y!

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 8, 2012 The last thing the Lakers need is to miss out on Dwight Howard and then not retain Bynum only to see him possibly sign with the Dallas Mavericks.

Obviously the Cavaliers would be much less of a threatening move, but nonetheless, Los Angeles needs Bynum if its beloved Lakers are to make another run at the NBA Finals. Here, let's check out some reasons why L.A. can't let Bynum play anywhere else.


Addition of Nash

Earlier this week the Los Angeles Lakers added point guard Steve Nash, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. That being said, just imagine how much more productive Bynum will be with Nash running the point in L.A.

Yes, Howard would also likely improve his game but sticking with who they currently have isn't a bad idea for the Lakers either. Nash was arguably the biggest get of the NBA's offseason and although he's 38-years-old, L.A.'s overall talent will elongate his career.

As for Bynum, he is coming off his best season in the pros after averaging 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and logging 35.2 minutes per game. The addition of Nash would only inflate these numbers and ...

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