Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Chicago gets: Kobe Bryant
Lakers get: Jimmy Butler, Charlotte's 1st Round pick (probably a 2016 pick), Carlos Boozer, Richard Hamilton, Kirk Hinrich
Lakers do this because: They desperately need assets to rebuild. Butler's a superb player making pennies on a rookie contract, Charlotte's 1st Rounder will likely be very high, because they're a terrible organization, and the other guys are included to make the trade legal.
Chicago does this because: Rose/Kobe/Deng/Gibson/Noah is arguably the title favorite.
Kobe does this because: Why would he want to spend his last years on a rebuilding team with no shot at a title?
Charlotte gets: Pau Gasol
Lakers get: #4 pick in '13 draft, Ben Gordon, Tyrus Thomas
Believe it or not, this is a rumor coming out of Charlotte. They would be insane to do this, but they're a terrible organization, so who knows. They'd like to get out of Thomas' contract (expiring in '15), want front court scoring, and don't think highly of this draft. Like I said, I think it's insane, but you absolutely do this if you're the Lakers.
So anyway, after all the , it comes down to this IMO when it comes to rebuilding the Lakers.
Step 1) Liquidate all of your assets NOW, while you still can. And that includes Kobe. Let's say that the deals above went through & MWP was amnestied.
PG: Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Kirk Hinrich
SG: Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton
SF: Jimmy Butler
PF: Carlos Boozer, Anthony Bennett (drafted w/4th pick)
C: Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre
That team suuuuuucks. Probably the worst in the NBA. Puts the Lakers in great position to get either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. IMO, Wiggins is a sure fire superstar, and Parker's close behind. But let's say we don't get a Top 2 pick with that team, and draft #4 and get Andrew Harrison instead.
2014 Free Agents of Note: LeBron James (but let's say he stays in Miami)
PG: Andrew Harrison
SG: someone bad
SF: Jimmy Butler
PF: Anthony Bennett
C: Someone bad
This is probably still one of the 5 worst teams in the NBA. The Lakers pick is Top 5 protected in '15, but even if they lose it they're in good shape.
It makes a lot of sense to blow up the roster if Dwight signs with another team...but I don't think Chicago will do that trade in the summer. Kobe won't be healthy, and Chicago won't move that pick and Butler for so much uncertainty.