The Lakers were humiliated by Dallas en route to the Mavericks' surprising NBA title run. Owner Jerry Buss realizes that his team needs to get younger and shoot better in order to reestablish their title legacy.
Here are 10 draft day scenarios ranked in order from least to most likely—the possibilities are truly endless.
No problem—they will send Orlando rights to the Staple Center and the Laker girls.
As a counterbalance to Ron "World Peace" Artest, Kobe needs to continue his locker room dominance.
Unable to cope with his newfound retirement, Jackson buys out Mike Brown and returns to the Lakers' bench.
Would Lamar Odom and a second-round pick be enough to jump into the lottery? Chances are no, but stranger things have happened.
Some team will want to get out of the first round, and the Lakers could realistically jump up to grab a role player.
The Lakers des[erately need a point guard with the aging Derek Fisher, and Felton is available and productive.
Would the 76ers make a deal to get Bynum for Andre Igoudala? While they would hate to lose Bynum, Igoudala is a game changer.
Gasol's stock is falling in Laker Nation - how good would Monta Ellis look in the backcourt next to Kobe?
Would the Timberwolves accept Lamar Odom for Derrick Williams plus the horrific contracts of Darko Milicic and Martell Webster...one can dream.
Boring, boring, boring—however, probably the most likely scenario.