Andrew Bynum: 4 years, $58 million. At about $15mil per year, he’s now close to max contract money, but not a ton more than the markey for run-of-the-mill starting big man (like Okafor and Nene). Only an extra $4mil or so per year, and i’m sure the nuggets or bobcats would surely trade straight up for Bynum. So good contract for the Lakers, especially since it’s only 4 years they hedge against a career-ending injury. Also probably a good contract for Bynum, since he’s only 21 and will come back on the market at 25 with a chance to get his 9-figure mega-contract.
Jason Maxiel, 4 years $20 million. Another good contract for Joe Dumars. Maxiel has shown he’s a good energy big off the bench, and his offense is getting better. Against the Celtics he hit a number of good-looking elbow jumpers, which is a good sign going forward. His weight is under control too, and as with Bynum I think the number or years works for both sides (although Maxiel is a bit older, and I’m sure would have preferred a longer, bigger deal.