The team this season would've been Paul, Kobe, Artest, Millsap, and Howard if Stern did not reject the trade for basketball reasons.
You can't say that, because we don't know if Howard waives his option or not, all because of that. We also have no idea if the Jazz decide to trade Millsap to us...it wouldn't be Millsap's decision to come here and play with Kobe and CP3, it would be ignorance on the part of Utah to trade him to a team that would most likely dominate the conference and the league.
Howard seems to be more worried about his image, and being hated by Orlando once he leaves (like Shaq was at one point), and there are more teams that he could win a ring with, not just the Lakers. The opportunity to play alongside Kobe and CP3...it sounds fantastic, but he wanted that extra year to weigh out his options, and despite what could have happened, he would have realized that the Lakers were going to go after him again this summer.
Plus, does Jim Buss ignore Otis Smith once we get CP3? If he's trading Bynum for Dwight, it's because we need a superstar to play alongside Kobe Bryant. If we already have one in CP3, and Buss thinks his project (Drew) will be the next big thing...and we don't need help locking up opposing PG's (Dwight is THE defensive anchor)...a lot of things come into play at that point.