The Lakers continue to include center Andrew Bynum in their future plans despite acknowledging displeasure with some of his recent on-court transgressions.
"Sometimes with young players I get disappointed and sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday in an interview with The Times. "Andrew continues to have a mix of good moments and maybe not-so-good moments. But he's very bright, a really intelligent kid."
Kupchak said he "absolutely" envisioned Bynum with the Lakers down the road.
"Despite some of the events of the last week or two, nothing has changed about our forward approach with Andrew," Kupchak said.
Kupchak told The Times last month that the Lakers plan to exercise the 16.1-million option they hold on Bynum's contract next season. They have until June 30 to do so.
After next season, however, Bynum becomes a free agent unless the Lakers sign him to an extension. Negotiations have not begun, though there is not a pressing dead...