Here's where Kobe really has Buss by the balls. Everyone under the sun knows that the Lakers need to do something drastic from a player-personnel standpoint. Zach Randolph isn't going cut it. Jermaine O'Neil isn't going to cut it. I suggested earlier that Pau Gasol might be an intriguing option—but honestly, Gasol alone is not going to make the Lakers a championship-level team.
As I see it, the Lakers have one option and one option only: Do whatever it takes to trade for Kevin Garnett.
If he still has the authority, Mitch Kupchak should propose the following:
The Lakers receive Garnett and Craig Smith in exchange for Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, and the Lakers' 2007 first-round draft pick (19th overall). If Kuppy needs to throw in the Lakers' first-round pick in 2008 to get the deal done, so be it.
The Timberwolves get their center of the future (Bynum), an above average 3/4 (Odom), and a solid reserve at worst in Brown...who will likely find more success in a smaller market with fewer distractions.
On the flip side, the Lakers get their impact superstar and become immediate championship contenders. They start Farmar (or a new vet point guard) with Kobe, Walton, Smith, and Garnett. It should be good enough to satisfy Kobe...and to keep the fanbase engaged for the next five or six years (assuming they can resign Garnett after next season—an extension would probably need to be agreed upon pre-trade).
Pull this off and all is well in Lakerland, Kobeland, Garnettland and David Stern's office.