An offseason that started with a lot of promise has quickly turned into worst-case scenario for the Lakers.
Hours after officially ratifying the CBA, the Lakers looked to be the new home of Chris Paul. Instead, David Stern pulled a "basketball reasons" excuse out of nowhere and vetoed the trade. After a little more trying, the Lakers backed out, but not without repercussions.
Lamar Odom, hurt that the Lakers wanted to trade him, was dealt to Dallas for a first-rounder and Tyson Chandler's trade exception, presumably to get ready for a run at Howard.
The Magic, however, have pulled Howard off the trade market and the Lakers are left in disarray. What could have possibly been a summer where both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard came to year purple and gold has turned into Josh McRoberts, Jason Kapono and Gerald Green being the only new additions.
However, that isn't to say the Lakers can't still make a big splash in the remaining offseason.