The last few days have certainly been eventful for the Lakers. Thursday night, the team thought it had acquired Chris Paul from the New Orleans before the league vetoed the trade. Saturday night, after talks of acquiring Paul had officially died, the team traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for the Mavs' first-round draft pick in 2012.
The trade of Odom could be the beginning of a series of moves the team could make before opening its season against the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day.
But whether the team plans on making a big splash this free-agency period and attempts to land one of the league’s marquee stars or plans on surrounding Kobe Bryant and co. with cheaper, lesser-known players, there are plenty of factors for Kupchak to take into consideration.