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Lakers center Andrew Bynum on future: ‘I’ll play anywhere’

05.22.12 at 3:07 pm ET
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Andrew Bynum backs down Thunder center Nazr Mohammed during the Lakers' season-ending Game 5 loss Monday night in Oklahoma City. (AP)

Monday night’s loss to the Thunder ended the Lakers’ season and now they have some moves to make on their three team-optioned players.

The most expensive of the three is center Andrew Bynum, who would receive $16 million if the Lakers picked up his team option. In a postgame interview Bynum responded to questions about a long-term contract with uncertainty.

“I’m not sure,” Bynum said. “It really doesn’t matter to me. I’ll play anywhere. I think for the most part I had a pretty decent season and OK postseason. This last game was probably the worst game I played in the playoffs. It sucks. We’re going fishing, and now the focus is next year and coming back stronger and adding things to your game.

TNT’s Craig Sager followed up his previous question by inquiring about Bynum’s desire to stay with the Lakers, and Bynum answered positively.

“I definitely want to stay,” Bynum said. “You kind of asked an open-ended question. Obviously things are going to be different come next year, but I’m going to be ready.”

Bynum, 24, averaged 16.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks over 12 playoff games this postseason.

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