Hollinger's Insider Gems: Oct. 31, 2008

A nickel's worth of thoughts:

1. Today is the deadline for contract extensions, and the one whopper that came down was center Andrew Bynum's four-year, $57 million deal with the Lakers, the last year of which isn't guaranteed. This struck me as a rather sensible bargain, given the likelihood that somebody was going to massively overpay Bynum as a restricted free agent next summer and force L.A. to match an Elton Brand-sized contract.