Not that I follow the NBA much - too much love for guys who are flawed characters and aren't exactly the people you want your kids to learn the game from - but, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Lakers. It is truly sad how dysfunctional this organization has become. If it was my money (and not Jim Buss', is there a bigger idiot in this game?), I would do a sign and trade with Dwight Howard. I am sure the Nets or Mavericks would love to have him. Amnesty Kobe, if he is as big a team player as he claims, he will take the deal. Keep Gasol and Nash as neither have enough value to warrant a move that would get the Lakers anything back. If they could lose World Peace, do it. I know this isn't Kupchak's style, but try to amass as many draft picks as possible and built with young kids and not the old, selfish and uninterested.
A deal with the Nets taking on Dwight Howard and the Lakers getting Brook Lopez (among others) would be a start. I am sure that a third and/or fourth team will have to be added into the mix to meet all salary concerns. Amnesty Kobe and that should end all luxury tax concerns. I don't know if there is any free agent out there who is worth big money save Howard, but IIRC, LBJ can walk after 2013-14. Not that I am huge fan of the guy (lied through his teeth with folks in Cleveland among other things), but he is the most talented player in the game. It might be something to think about.
I agree with those who feel D'Antoni was a huge mistake, but unless the Lakers can somehow talk Mark Jackson into getting fired by the Warriors, I don't see a great coach out there who would be a fit. Shaw lacks head coaching experience and there is something I don't like about the guy. Nash might make a good coach, but convincing him to retire as a player is another story. I just wish there was a better mind in charge of this organization than Jim Buss. When all decisions have to pass muster with him, nothing good will come of it.