Good discussion from almost everyone...I've seen a lot of intelligent answers, so you guys have been thinking about this too.
For me, it starts with direction...are we going to be a shooting team or a slashing team? The first would rely on Okafor being a really good passer and the Lakers landing >37% 3pt shooters at almost every position outside of C. The second would rely on the Lakers landing some elite athletes and a few glue guys who can pass and handle the ball and attack the rim at will while having a few strategically placed shooters for spacing...both are possible...
Truth is, people assume GSW won with a lot of shooters...they actually built their team the second way. Almost every player in rotation for them was a decent but not great outside shooter...though they all moved well without the ball. These were traits that they CAME THERE WITH, not something that was drilled into them.
Clarkson just has to get in the gym and work on his guard skills and shooting. He's got a good feel for the game that isn't exactly floor general level yet but solidly in the realm of combo guard/scoring guard. And he's an excellent athlete. I could see him doing well next to Butler. They would get us some really easy buckets in transition which would take a lot of pressure off Okafor and the halfcourt offense. If he shoots above 37%, our back court would be set.
Butler would be PERFECT for a slashing team. He fits the bill of a Iggy-type player. Landing him would be huge for this offseason. I've softened on my "no max" stance for him. I still don't think he's a reliable 1st option but he'd fit in well with a dominant post player and would help shore up our perimeter defense while being unselfish. With Butler and Clarkson working together, Kobe would have a lot less pressure to play big minutes and to take on an overwhelming role...maybe he plays 70+ games?
Ryan Kelly will be huge for us next to Okafor. Low maintenance shooter who is also a smart player. He passes well, moves without the ball and knows his role. I could see him starting and being one of the strategically placed shooters. He's got decent lateral quickness and is a decent defender in P&R. Just have to make sure we help against much stronger post players...not that many so we're ok.
Randle could go 1 of 2 ways...either he comes off the bench like some of you suggested (probably the best thing if he stays) or he gets moved. If he were to be moved for a draft pick, I'd go after either an anchor (WCS) or a glue-type PF (Trey Lyles). Could we move Randle for the 5th pick? Yes...he'd fit well into ORL's uptempo youth movement...that could get us WCS. Could we move Randle for the 9th pick? Yes, Charlotte would love to have Randle...period. And we'd likely get their 2nd rnd pick too.
WCS would immediately add to our ability to slow the game down. He's a long, versatile, athletic defender who can guard 1-5 legitimately and who changes shots. It would allow every player in the backcourt to play more aggressively on the defensive end. This would also lead to a lot of transition buckets. Not only would Butler and Clarkson love to run the floor, they'd have a great chance to get outlets from those blocked shots. With the more aggressive perimeter defense, they'd generate steals that would lead to transition buckets. Good value for the team to have the ability to control the pace of the game on both ends of the court.
Trey Lyles is a Boris Diaw type player...long (6'10 - 7'3.5 wingspan), fluid athlete who is low maintenance on the offensive end. High Basketball IQ. Good passer. He'd be a great glue guy...he fills the gaps and doesn't need plays ran for him. He can hit the 3, handle the rock and rebound. He's like Diaw and LO put together. Could evolve into a great system player who feeds off the attention Okafor gets. Opportunistic. Would need to work on fundamentals on D but he's got all of the tools to be an excellent defender against small ball teams also.
Justin Anderson could be had in the draft and I'm sure we will try to land him but if we traded for the 9th/39th picks (Randle to CHAR), we'd have more assets to trade up...not sure the Lakers would trade 27/34th but if we could land the 39th and try to package the 27th/34th and Nick Young or Sacre (or both), we may just get up to the 19th (WAS), 20th (TOR) or 22nd pick (CHI). WAS could use depth at SF because Pierce is on his way out. TOR would like NY because they will likely lose Lou Will and G Vasquez this offseason. CHI could view it as compensation for losing BUTLER to us this summer (LOL)...if we land him, he's a good guy to bring off the bench for this year and a possible starter at the 3 next year.
If we don't trade Randle, Delon Wright is a great player to have coming in...smart, great perimeter defender at the 1/2 and ready to play now. We could also look at bringing Robert Upshaw in with the 27th pick...high risk, ev en higher reward player. Ideally, off the bench with Randle. 34th, we would bring in Tokoto as a Wes Johnson replacement. Good defender and solid mechanics on his shot. Would need to develop better handles and put on muscle but has elite athleticism and length to play/defend 2/3s. If he puts in the time in the gy m, his shot will likely improve immensely...possible steal as a 3&D player in the 2nd rnd.
Of course, there's always a possibility that we land LMA instead of Butler...in that situation, moving up with the 27th/34th would be imperative. We'd need a 3&D player coming in...but could also hope that Tokoto could be that player with some work on his shot. Too bad we wouldn't know that before the draft...and since Butler wants to be in LA, I'd assume he's more likely, despite his RFA status.
Players we could bring back: X Henry / K Marshall / W Ellington / J Lin / J Brown...
So here are some of the lineups I see:
2nd - Okafor, 27th - D Wright, 34th - Tokoto
2nd - Okafor, 27th - D Wright, 34th - Christmas
Trade Randle for 5th pick (WCS), 27th - D Wright, 34th - Rakeem Christmas
Butler/W Ellington /
Trade Randle for 9th/39th pick (Lyles), Nick/27th/34th for 20th (Anderson), 39th - Christmas or Upshaw (if available)
Butler/W Ellington /
Kobe/Justin Anderson /
Okafor/Black/Christmas or Upshaw
LMA instead of Butler, 2nd - Okafor, 27th - Wright, 34th - Tokoto
Of course, those lineups are just spitballs...just something to keep the discussion rolling. At this point, I'm more concerned with having a clear direction for the team than any individual player. I have another lineup that's possible but I won't even post hints because it is highly likely and very volatile...everything would have to break good for us and it would be more than adequate to get us to contender status very, very soon.