1) Re-sign Mitch Kupchak.
2) Hold a meeting between Kobe, Howard and Buss/Mitch concerning Mike D'Antoni, and possible replacements.
3) Look into placing D'Antoni with these coaches:
Stan Van Gundy
Jeff Van Gundy
4) Put Pau Gasol, Chris Duhon, Jordan Hill and Darius Morris on the block and see if we can't snag a pick, or young talent, for them.
5) Trade for a late 1st rounder and select Jeff Withey (if he doesn't fall too far, may cost us Jordan Hill), as Dwight's backup (defensive-minded center from KU), and in the second round, Rodney Williams (super-athletic SF with potential) if he falls, or Solomon Hill (SF who can do multiple things on the court).
6) Re-sign Dwight Howard.
7) Re-sign Earl Clark, Andrew Goudelock (unless we get a two-guard in FA), Antawn Jamison.
8) Use the ETO on Ron Artest. I don't believe we would have to amnesty him.
9) Look to sign Tony Allen and Dorell Wright.
10) Talk to the Thunder about Perry Jones III (who is barely playing, maybe they'll want Meeks) and the Nets about MarShon Brooks (who is averaging just 12.5 minutes a game, for some ignorant reason).
11) Let go of Darius Morris, Devin Ebanks, Jodie Meeks, Robert Sacre, Darius Johnson-Odom (assuming none of them bring draft picks, or help get the players above). Maybe the Nets take Jordan Hill and a future 1st for Brooks and Reggie Evans?
12) Move Kobe to the three, permanently, because of the loss of speed and elevation. He'll likely do this, especially if we are able to do the unthinkable and bring in both Allen and Brooks.
C - Dwight Howard | Reggie Evans | Jeff Withey
PF - Pau Gasol | Earl Clark | Antawn Jamison
SF - Kobe Bryant | Dorell Wright | Perry Jones III
SG - Tony Allen | MarShon Brooks | Andrew Goudelock
PG - Steve Nash | Steve Blake | Chris Duhon
Brooks can play the three, and so can Clark and Jamison, so Kobe would get plenty of rest when needed...and if he's an average player when he returns (crossing fingers), we can alter the roster and make up for it.
Not sure how we'll get Withey...if he's a late first, then we have players who COULD get us in there. I doubt it happens, though, and I also think he may be going in the middle of the round.
Allen and Wright are the FA signings that will more than make up for losing Ron Artest on the defensive end, and the Brooks/Evans trade (which would make me cry)...oh man. The Nets have no idea what is sitting there at the two-guard position.
The PG's and PF's won't change, unless Gasol is traded. If THAT occurs, you could see Blake/Duhon packaged with him, and things could get tricky if we want to bring back a lesser-known defensive-minded PG, get that draft pick, and start Earl Clark.
This lineup has guys that will spot up for three (Nash, Blake, Wright, Goudelock, Jamison, Clark), defensive specialists at key positions (Allen, Howard, Kobe, Wright, Withey), shot creators (Kobe, Nash, Gasol, Howard, Blake), guys that can create their own shot off the bench (Brooks, Clark, Blake), and looking at our bigs...elite rebounding and shot-blocking (maybe scary elite).
Given a mix of the 4-out/1-in, moderate P&R (Nash/Howard, Kobe/Gasol), and Kobe ISO (if he's good to go), we would have to rank in the top five offensively.
Considering three elite defenders at their positions in our starting five, the incredible rebounders and shot-contesters, and a couple of good defenders off the bench, we should be a top five team on the defensive end.
Jackson or Sloan would make this roster scary, and the triangle would work if Gasol were to play more with the second unit (two shooters, a mini-Kobe, and someone that just cares about grabbing rebounds and passing the ball back out).
Probably a pipe dream, but I didn't want to make things TOO unrealistic. We can't receive players in sign-and-trades, and big-name free agents aren't going to take the MLE from us, so I wasn't going to go that route.