Talking about having Kobe and Pau on this team to compete in 2 years does not sound good at all man. Of course LA is an attractive destination but all of that is contingent on actual guys being available. You win with elite guys. Pau isnt that of course and Kobe at what will be 36 isn't young enough to shoulder that type of load. We at the crossroads where the younger guys are just better due to be able to shoulder a major load for their team and just downright outplay Kobe and Pau. Melo is a poor foundation. Regardless of what some guys think he's surrounded by some of the best role players salaries can buy in the NBA and LA probably couldn't put a better team that fit him around him than they could. The problem lies with Melo. He isn't a guy you bring and build around unless you want to go out in the 2nd round. Tyson Chandler, Shump, JR Smith are good pieces, 2 of them being some of the better defensive players in the NBA.
You are thinking more about Kobe's #6 vs the Lakers future and possible #17...
Look at a team like the Spurs. Tim Duncan is 36 and they went to game 7 in the finals. Kobe and Pau, with the right crew, can compete for the remaining few years of Kobe's career, imo. Obviously, all depends on how Kobe looks next season, but i wouldn't bet against him.
Regarding Melo - as i've said before - with the right crew and in the right system, he can be successfull. In NY you would think that he had that crew, but other than Tyson Chandler, who's an awesome team player he doesn't really have the right guys around him. JR Smith cant defend and is inefficient, Stoudemire is old as hell, Shumpert can defend, but not much more. Then there's Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Novak, who all have seen better days.
You put Melo next to Kobe and Pau in a triangle system and surround them with perimeter defenders, who can shoot, and a defensive presence in the middle, and you've got a team that could compete.
Regarding Kobe's #6 or Lakers' #17: Kobe's window is closing and everything should be done to compete NOW when he is still here. The Lakers will be fine going forward and like the Knicks, Nets and Heat, it's not necessary to build slowly via the draft.