i brought this up in the main forum a few days ago but thought i'd post it here officially and see what people thought about it... with all the laker trades being proposed, typically we'd want bynum back, but naturally i can imagine the lakers would be hesitant to deal him. so i was trying to think of alternatives without us having to take on odom and kwame. this is where the bulls come in...
LOS ANGELES IN
Andres Nocioni (re-signed)
Chicago gets the front-court scorer to play alongside Ben Wallace in Odom and even better: they get to do so without giving up Hinrich or Deng. They also get a young and cheap backup PG in Greene. Losing Gordon will hurt but they've got a promising SG (albeit defensively minded) in Sefolosha. On top of all that, they don't have to give up their #9.
Hinrich / Greene
Sefolosha / Griffin
Deng / Khryapa
Odom / Thomas
i don't know what their plans would be regarding re-signing sweetney or allen, but they could use their #9 on a project like Yi with that lineup. sefolosha is still developing but certainly has demonstrated potential and sharing SG duties with Griffin will be good (especially defensively). the biggest issue at the moment is odom's health. but i don't know if the shoulder is really a major deal. anyway you have deng as the focus of the offense with hinrich and odom sharing #2 duties
Indiana doesn't get the PG prospect of either West or Conley, but they get Farmar and a pick in this year's draft. They also get Kwame's expiring contract, which will be nice (and possibly allow him to be packaged with a bad contract at the deadline...possibly...). The big score of this deal is getting Ben Gordon, who averages 20+ppg and fills a need at SG that we have. Also can hit outside shots and isn't afraid to take big shots. He is also still on his rookie contract. We get someone who is beyond just being a prospect.
Tinsley / Farmar / Armstrong
Gordon / Daniels / #19 (r. fernandez?)
Granger / Dunleavy / Williams
Murphy / Diogu / Baston
Brown / Foster / Harrison
this obviously assumes we re-sign armstrong over mcleod and re-sign baston. its not a good defensive lineup, but it would be the first step in rebuilding, around a core of gordon, granger, williams and diogu. in a lot of cases i would probably have daniels play the PG with Gordon on the floor (mostly because of gordon's lack of size, he'd be guarding PGs and given Quis' ability to make plays as well as his natural height, etc. it'd make a better combo).
Los Angeles gets the low-post star Kobe needs in O'Neal, they get a PG in Duhon who would probably thrive in phil jackson's system and they get nocioni who gives them depth and a mean streak that jackson will probably like. all that without giving up bynum.
Bryant / Vujacic
Walton / Nocioni / Radmonovich
O'Neal / Turiaf / Cook
I can't speak to their plans of re-signing players like Mihm or Smush. But that certainly gives Bryant a chance of doing quite well in the playoffs and maybe more.