I say we should wait until the halfway point of the season (January 15th) and if our record (doubled) doesn't project in the top 3 teams in the west, then we should trade for Carmelo Anthony. If we sent them Bynum, Artest, Character and Barnes (along with 2 future first round picks and the remaining 3 mil from our trade exception) then we could get Melo, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman in return. We downgrade at front court with the loss of Bynum, But Shelden Williams is a capable player for the 13 minutes a game we would need him. We also keep the killer B's alive (so to speak) by replacing Barnes with Balkman. That's a downgrade, but since Melo will play 35+ a game, we won't need much off the bench at SF, and Ebanks is too promising to waste anyway. Our starters would be tantalizing though, with a big 3 as good as any out there. Kobe, Melo and Pau to go against LeBron, Wade and Bosh and/or Pierce, Allen, KG. Then we have Lamar to counter Haslem or Shaq and Shannon Brown off the bench to counter Mike Miller or Nate Robinson. It's a big risk, but I think we may need the firepower in the starting line-up.
Nash + Howard + Bryant + Artest + Gasol + Jamison + Meeks - Hill - Clark = 33-31? In Playoff race but lots of work left to save season, Lakers could be biggest sports bust of all time. Phil IS NOT walking through that door! D'Antoni still won't play more than 8. Dwight Howard's FT% sinking fast. Kobe's working too hard. Pau cap trade? Clark 2 Expensive 2 keep? MWP amnesty? Projected '12-'13 Record 43-39. Most...Disappointing...Ever!