This is the potential sign-and-trade: Lebron James for Caron Butler, JJ Barea, and Eric Dampier.
This is the potential starting lineup:
PG Kidd SG Terry SF James PF Nowitzki C Haywood
This is a damn good starting lineup, with Shawn Marion and Rod Beuabois coming off the bench. Yet, this is probably Fisher's best defensive matchup against a declining Kidd.
Terry has been extremely valuable as a bench guy, but his numbers wouldn't be as good if he was still the starter. While Nowitzki is a fantastic offensive player, he's a liability on the other side of the floor.
I don't think the same thing can be said about Gasol. Gasol, at this point, is tougher than Nowitzki.
This is still a solid matchup for Artest, but there's no stopping LeBron. Whether it's him scoring, blocking you, or shunning you if you're the media. Yes, the cheap shot is needed.
The worst thing about this team is that it's a bunch of losers. The Lakers have the winning pedigree, while nobody on this potential team has ever won anything in their careers. Nowitzki and LeBron are both coming off of underwhelming playoffs.
People often overlook that winning factor.
Finals prediction: Lakers 4, Mavericks 3