Lakers decide to bring back Bynum, Farmar

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers have exercised
a fourth-year contract option on Andrew Bynum, and picked up the
third-year contract option on Jordan Farmar.

Bynum, taken by the Lakers out of high school with the 10th
selection in the 2005 NBA draft, averaged 7.8 points, 5.9 rebounds
and 1.56 blocks while playing in all 82 games last season. The
7-foot, 285-pound center averaged 21.9 minutes per game.

Farmer, a guard chosen by the Lakers with the 26th pick in the
2006 draft, appeared in 72 games last season, averaging 4.4 points
and 1.9 assists in 15 minutes. He also played three games for the
team's D-League affiliate and made NBA history on April 1 when he
became the first to play for both a D-League and NBA team on the
same day.