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While we were looking for the best way to turn this team into a title contender, we were looking for a realistic way to improve the roster as well.
Here's Critter's entry . . .
Critter wrote:This is what I would do.
Bynum is a year away from becoming real impact player and 2 seasons away from being a star if he improves at the rate he is. So I would keep him. This offseason I resign Kwame from 5.5-7 million just because you need a big man that plays defense and a tag team of Kwame and Bynum will be killer. And a 3rd center in Mihm is solid.
The power forward position is a toss up but I believe we need Ronny to start and we need his energy in the starting lineup. And Radmanovic is a solid backup. He can score, and rebound some.
I would then look to draft a power forward with a back to the basket game like bynum in the draft and develop him. If Tyler Hansbrough is there at the Lakers pick you take him because he has huge potential. Now to the small forward position.
Lamar is a solid 3rd option. He can do anything so I keep him. And Luke backing Lamar up at the small forward position is solid.
The shooting guard position is taking up by by Kobe. I would keep him just because he is the best player in the world and you can't get fair value for him at all. Plus next season we will contend in the WC. Trevor Ariza backing him up is good but I would look to sign Tony Allen with the whole MLE and hope Celtics don't match. He plays defense and also has the offense to be a real solid player. If they do match the whole MLE offer we still have Ariza for defensive purposes. And when Kobe needs a break you play Allen or Ariza.
Now to the most interesting position of them all... the point guard. Right now and next year Fisher is good enough to start so I keep him as starter. Now heres the thing for backup, Farmar or Javaris? Whoever plays better will be backup and the other will get scrap minutes.
As you can see I want to keep the roster as is except use the MLE and draft a player. And just let Bynum become that impact player we need which should be 1-2 years and the Lakers will be championship contenders by then.