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.
Dwight WHO??? Good riddance. Rumblings of Carmelo (and others surely to follow) combined with visions of 3 or 4 more years watching Mamba going Vino next to a crop of young athletic ballers makes the precious blinding light at the end of the tunnel glare off of my newly minted shiny happiness!!! #redemption 4 Swaggy P, Pau, Nash, Wes Johnson, Farmar and Lakers as a team and FA destination!