The Lakers may lose out on the prize to their indoor neighbors. The rumored offer the Clippers can make to the Magic trumps the trade assets the Lakers have, because of youth and health concerns for Andrew Bynum.
Bynum, of course, is the centerpiece to the Lakers' offer that would likely include Lamar Odom as well. The Clippers, however, have a much stronger package available—Al-Faraouq Aminu, Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan, through sign and trade, blow the Lakers' offer out of the water.
For starters, the average age for the Clippers' package is 22 years old. It includes a guard, forward and center, all of whom could start for the Magic next season.
Secondly, there are no major injury concerns with any of those players, and all have shown either flashes of or certain production. Gordon is already a very capable scorer who will improve. Jordan is the most athletic center in the league, sans Dwight Howard, and Al-Faraouq Aminu is very similar in talent and body composition to Luol Deng.
For the Lakers, Odom is an expiring contract, so that has value even beyond his all-around talent, but this potential deal is all about Andrew Bynum and his health. This trade is too important to risk on a seven footer who has yet to prove he can be healthy for a season.
If it comes down to the LA offers, the Magic would be nuts not to go with the Clippers.
The only way they lose is if Dwight prefers Kobe Bryant and the Lakers' mystique over joining Blake Griffin and the usually snake-bitten Clippers. Together they would form Voltron, AKA the most dominant front court in 20 years.