This is actually not a bad re-load plan and I like that it actually fits “Kobe’s window.”
Instead of using “stretch” on Nash I’d prefer to trade him for Lowry – or keep him.
Agree on ‘Melo as well though I’d prefer to get an elite two-way player like Paul George or LBJ. But that’s hardly realistic, I think. With a player like Melo we really need to have the right system in place for him and I’m not really sure what that system is, but I think he’s been at his best playing the 4 in the Olympics, when he’s surrounded by a lot of talent, so perhaps he would really thrive in LA next to Kobe, Lowry/Nash, Pau and ??
With Melo, Pau and Kobe I think we need to get a handful of defensive roleplayers, like be a solid defensive team as well and if Monroe isn’t available, perhaps Larry Sanders could be interesting to look at, though I fear he will demand close to a max – like McGee and all other athletic 7-footers. I think Luol Deng could be interesting to look at as well.
Lowry, Kobe, Deng, Melo, Sanders with Pau, Hill, Nick Young off the bench and a full midlevel exception would the way to go.