In what is certainly some very exciting news, we have been informed that the Lakers have opted to pick up the 2009/2010 option on Josh Powell's contract.
Powell, a former NC State PF, had signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers. This meant that L.A. could terminate it after the season and look for other options if Josh didn't impress them.
After a very productive season, and playing a definite role in the Lakers Championship season, the L.A. front office knew there was no way they could let Powell walk. With the uncertain future of Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza and consistently productive minutes produced by Powell, the move to keep Josh aboard was a no-brainer.
Powell averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11.7 regular season minutes and 2.1 points with 1.2 boards in 5.2 postseason minutes during the postseason. He showed his worth when called upon for extended minutes, highlighted by a 17-point, 9-rebound performance against the Rockets when the Lakers were without Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom.
We are extremely proud of Josh and very excited for what the future holds for him. Hopefully we'll be able to catch up with Josh in the near future and get his take on winning the Championship and staying with the Lakers.