Even though it is only January, the Los Angeles Lakers' season is on the brink of destruction. At 15-21, the Lakers are going to have to put together multiple winning streaks just to make the playoffs in the tough Western Conference—an unlikely scenario—but still possible.
If the Lakers, who sit 11th and three spots away from the last postseason spot, do miss the playoffs, here are five possible outcomes as a result of that.
This scenario is unlikely, but what if nine or 10 teams finish ahead of the Lakers? Howard may consider heading elsewhere. I don't think Howard really enjoys the thought of being Robin to Kobe's Batman when the team is struggling to win games.
Howard will likely stay, but this season is giving him some things to think about.
The Lakers made a terrible mistake in choosing Mike D'Antoni over Phil Jackson. The Lakers will have to eat the remainder of Mike Brown's contract, so they are not going to turn around and fire D'Antoni after giving him a four-year, $12 million contract.
The Lakers should have realized that this team is too old and slow to run D'Antoni's system. They need to find a coach that cares about offense and defense.
Gasol has no trade value, but a separation is in the best interest of both parties. The Lakers don't want Gasol anymore, and Gasol wants some new teammates. At some point, the Lakers will just have to accept the best offer and part ways.
World Peace is having a much better season playing in D'Antoni's system this year. However, the fact remains that World Peace has not lived up to his $33 million contract.
The Lakers should amnesty World Peace after the season in order to free up $7.7 million of cap space to rebuild.
The Lakers are going to make moves to get their team better. Maybe the Lakers will look at signing a Josh Smith or look into Rudy Gay.
Whether it is through signing free agents or trades, the Lakers will land players to try and keep Kobe Bryant happy.