Wow, three different things to discuss in this string: 1) Vlade vs Grant, 2) Kwame for Caron and Atkins or George, and 3) starting lineup.
1. I'd go with Vlade for size, passing ability (even more valuable in the triangle), and lower salary. Plus you'll probably get more out of him than Grant. All the years of playing against bigger men has taken a toll on Grant.
2. This is a great trade. Caron is good, but there are a ton of players in the NBA like him and Odom is much more valuable at the 3. I think Kwame is ready to bust out soon. He's a big talented body. Many of your high school entrants take about 5-6 years before they blossom in the NBA (Jermaine O'Neal anybody?). Throw in Atkins or George (or both), it doesn't matter. They both suck.
3. Starting lineup: You don't need a true PG in the triangle, you need players that are interchangeable in multiple roles/positions. So I'm going to go for a stretch on this one:
Kwame - 5 (can also be moved to the 4)
Turiaf - 4 (the Rambis, AC Green, Brian Grant role)
Odom - 3 (situationally plays the 4, 2, and 1)
Kobe - 2 (situationally plays 1, such as bringing the ball up and in fast break opportunities)
Walton - 1 (situationally plays the 2 and 3, but in the triangle half court set plays a point forward type role)
That's right, Walton. His passing ability, smart play, size, unselfish play, ability to make things happen, and low-mistake play would make him a great fit in the triangle as a point forward.
Bench rotation: Mihm is normally your first guy off the bench gettng 12-17 minutes at the 4 or 5. Vlade gets 7-10 minutes (maybe less, but more in the playoffs) at center. Cook get 4 or 5 minutes at PF and Sasha is the first sub in the backcourt getting his minutes at either guard position.
This is a lineup that would get me excited and with Phil's coaching could win 50 plus games. Anyone else think this would work?