Los Angeles Lakers: Rebuilding the Lakers, a Realistic Approach.

Robert WayerskiCorrespondent IMay 11, 2011

Los Angeles Lakers: Rebuilding the Lakers, a Realistic Approach.

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 08:  Guard Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after a three-point shot by Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2011 at American Airl
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    Magic Johnson suggested it and now it is the topic everyone is talking about.

    Should the Lakers rebuild?

    They definitely need to address the point guard position, especially if the new coach is not a triangle offense guy.

    Personally, I think that they still have a window and should try one more time with this group (with a few tweaks) but here are some ideas for directions in which they could go to remake this team.

Dwight Howard

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 22:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts after being called for a technical foul against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 22, 2011
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    This is the most common suggestion, the Lakers should trade for Dwight Howard.

    Here are the facts, the Magic aren't going to give away Dwight Howard for free. Which means they are not going to take Pau Gasol for him and they will likely want more than just a straight Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard exchange.

    The Lakers will have to either include some young players (Trey Johnson or Devin Ebanks), some draft picks or take on one of their bad contracts (Hedo Trukoglu or Gilbert Arenas).

    Taking on Trukoglu or Arena would require also losing Pau Gasol or Lamar Odom in the trade. On the bright side they could also ask for Duhon back.

    Here is how this trade could work:

    Gasol, Bynum and Trey Johnson for Howard, Trukoglu and Duhon.

Baron Davis

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  NBA player Baron Davis of the L.A. Clippers passes the ball from inside the car to teammate, Blake Griffin, and he attempts a slam dunk, during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest apart of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Ce
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    Baron Davis is no Chris Paul or Deron Williams, but he would be an upgrade over what the Lakers have currently at point guard. He wants to be in LA and is an excellent player when he is motivated and I am sure that Kobe would help keep him focused.

    The best thing about Baron Davis is the price tag. The Cavs essentially took on his contract to acquire the rights to the Clippers first round picks so I don't think they would be asking for a lot to unload him.

    The Lakers could probably also unload Ron Artest's contract to Cleveland as well.

    Here is how this trade could work:

    Ron Artest, Steve Blake and a couple of draft picks for Baron Davis

Trade Kobe Bryant?

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the second quarter from the bench while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 201
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    No, I have heard it suggested but it is not a reality.

    Would teams be lining up to trade for Kobe Bryant? Yes, but they don't have the pieces that the Lakers desire. It would also have to be a team that was close to contending.

    There is one situation that could work for the Lakers, but it would be trading him within the same building.

    The Lakers could get back Eric Gordon and one of the Clippers young guards (Foye or Bledsoe). Chris Kaman would also have to be included in the deal to make the salaries work.

    It would give the Lakers a younger backcourt and the Clippers a star to help get Blake Griffin into the playoffs.

    That being said, I don't think that they would or should trade him.

Small Changes Are Coming

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Rodney Stuckey #3 of the Detroit Pistons reacts in the closing minutes of the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on February 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers defeated the Pistons
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    The Lakers may look at a sign and trade deal for Rodney Stuckey as well, but they are probably not going to make any huge moves.

    They will probably try and unload a few contracts for bench players and pick up a younger veteran point guard. That is the most likely scenario.