Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Andrew Bynum’s agent spoke Wednesday about a contract extension for Bynum, an indication of the Lakers’ ongoing interest in locking Bynum beyond next season.

One conversation between Kupchak and David Lee is hardly grounds for a judgment that the Lakers won’t trade Bynum for disgruntled Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, but the Lakers have a decision to make with Bynum. He is set to make $16.1 million in the 2012-13 season, but if not extended he will become an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers have no one but newly acquired Steve Nash under contract for the 2014-15 season, when they are intent on dropping under the NBA’s luxury-tax plateau.

– Reported by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register