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At some point, every championship team splits up.
It's an inevitability of the NBA. You build a team up to win championships and make deep playoff runs, and then you have to switch things up to keep the team competitive. In the wake of an embarrassing Game 4 loss, it seems like change is coming sooner than people think, and Andrew Bynum is at the top of the list.
He's Los Angeles' biggest asset and someone the Lakers might have been able to swing in a deal for Carmelo Anthony. Now the rumors focus around Dwight Howard, and honestly, after what we've seen from Bynum, why would the Magic make that deal?
Furthermore, why would the Lakers trade Bynum when his stock is through the floor? The odds are that change is going to be hard to come by, especially with all of the high salaries on the books for the Lakers.
Odom would be an enticing trade chip, especially since he's an expiring contract after next year (there is a team option for 2012-13), but giving up his skill set might be too steep of a price for Los Angeles.