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Now comes the toughest part of the process: finding the star players.
Kobe is already on board, forming one third of the Big Three that seems to be so necessary to compete in the modern-day NBA. However, two more puzzle pieces are still vital.
Carmelo Anthony has already been gaining steam as one of the premier targets, and for good reason. He has a great relationship with Kobe, who has repeatedly stated that he'd love to play with 'Melo, and it's not too unreasonable to expect him to leave the New York Knicks.
N.Y. has no easy way to acquire financial flexibility soon, and there's not much hope of championship-caliber success right now. If he's made out as the scapegoat by the brutal New York media, he's as good as gone.
Of course, the only way to fill the void left by the disappearance of the New York spotlight is to come to Hollywood. It's a natural fit.
Signing Anthony isn't just a priority for the Lakers, but a necessity.
L.A. would love to land LeBron James as well, but that's more of a pipe dream. The world's best player will be hard to lure away from South Beach and Dwyane Wade, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently a more likely landing spot than the Purple and Gold should he choose to opt out.
In this blueprint, the Lakers have to look elsewhere. Fortunately, there are still an abundance of options.
At this point in the process, our hypothetical roster consists of an unnamed coach without D'Antoni as a last name, Kobe, 'Melo and a rookie center (preferably Harrell). Power forward is missing, which makes Zach Randolph an interesting target.
Z-Bo has a player option, and it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if he chose to exercise it and become an unrestricted free agent. Memphis hasn't done much to improve after losing to the San Antonio Spurs, and another premature exit seems to be looming.
Randolph would be a perfect complement to the rest of the roster, primarily because he's a gritty interior presence who contributes in many facets of the game without functioning as an offensive black hole.
He's an ideal piece in the starting lineup, though free agency does present L.A. with even more options.