If we trade for Dwight Howard, we will have to give up Bynum AND Odom. If we take on Arenas' contract, then we can probably unload Walton back to them, and get Brandon Bass as well. Steve Blake would go in the deal to replace Arenas as their back up to Nelson. Our roster would actually be pretty darn good.
PG: Arenas / Fisher
SG: Kobe / Shannon
SF: Artest / Barnes / Ebanks
PF: Gasol / Caracter
C: Howard / Bass
We would have FOUR open roster spots for draft picks and free agents, we would get rid Walton, and we would still have a really solid bench. The loss of Odom hurts, but Brandon Bass and Derrick Caracter should be able to replace his points and rebounds, and that's not even counting the +6 in points going from Blake to Arenas and the +11.6 points, +4.7 rebounds and +.4 blocks we would get going from Bynum to Howard. I would make this deal ASAP if I were mitch.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.