I'm disappointed. But not shocked and not disheartened.
Like Kobe admitted, 'guys like D12 don't grow on trees' and Dwight could
have developed into a truly GREAT player with the Lakers. But his decision is just that - his choice
and now his destiny is in his own hands with the Rockets. Good luck to him and goodbye. Just maybe though, the Lakers may be better off without D12's apparent desire to receive all the attention and his obvious petulance.
Looking forward - if Pau is on the Lakers - his best position (especially at this stage of his career) is C. Pau plays his best basketball at C and in some respects may even be a better fit there than D12. Yeah, call me crazy, but although Pau is certainly a big step back defensively, on offense he is actually an upgrade on D12 IMHO. He also has far better passing skills and Basketball IQ. Pau could be really effective at C for the Lakers for the next couple of years - if they decide to keep him that long. Kobe and Pau have proven to be an effective inside-out combo for years. They can be again.
Apart from Kobe's injury and rehab time frame, PF and SF are the biggest holes in this Lakers team by far. I think the Lakers keep MWP for now, no amnesty. Metta can be effective whether starting or coming off the bench at both the SF and PF positions. He will be needed, unless the Lakers really
want to shed payroll. In fact Metta could be very effective at PF in the MDA offense and next to Pau. Conversely Jordan Hill could start or be that main big man off the bench.
All in all it was a big blow to the Lakers....but the Lakers will bounce back, they always do. They are the Lakers after all. Maybe now they just start to play with a real chip on their shoulders.