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Lakers' Bynum downplays trade rumors

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  February 9, 2011 05:46 PM

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It was another day in Lakerland during their Wednesday afternoon practice at Emerson College. Dozens of Emerson students packed the school's athletic center for a glimpse at Kobe, Phil, Pau and the gang while center Andrew Bynum was confronted with another rumor regarding his departure.

The Lakers and Nuggets have reportedly been in preliminary discussions regarding Carmelo Anthony and the most tradeable piece Los Angeles has is Bynum.

"I was caught up in (the Chris) Bosh (rumors), caught up in Pau, so it's nothing new to me," he said. "I just have to keep playing basketball. I haven't talked to anyone (in the organization) and I think they would (talk to me) if it was more than a rumor. But no one has said anything to me.

"He (agent David Lee) called me yesterday at 4 to tell me about what was going on because I didn't know about it. That's all he really said, that it's a possibility. Whether they do it or not is really out of my control. I can come out and say I want to be here. It doesn't really matter. The only thing that has to happen is me show up at the time I need to be there."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson barely wanted to talk about any Anthony rumors. What's more, he said he has told management it doesn't need to make any deals because the Lakers in their current state are capable of winning a title.

"I haven't given (a trade) a second thought; I haven't even entertained it," Jackson said. "I still think when they're playing their best they're the best team in the league."

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