I am a Warriors fan living in Los Angeles for the past two years. It's been hard but thanks to this great site I can keep up with all things Warriors. I've been a fan since the Run TMC years, and as a child remember Rick Barry and the championship year. As someone living in LA I can tall you the Warriors will have the chance to really turn this team around this off season by trading for Bynum.
They are talking about it on the radio openly in Los Angeles that they will be getting their future center Dwight Howard as soon as he's available. They also plan on signing power forward Blake Griffin as soon as he's available. The Lakers prefer a massive front line, and they plan on staying champions when Kobe retires. They are basically still admiring Kobe, but starting to write him off as getting old.
I honestly believe they will sign Dwight Howard in a year. They also, for some reason, go through periods where they hate on Andrew Bynum. Whenever Bynum gets hurt they talk about how they can't rely on him, and how he doesn't play hard unless you get him points early in the game. They love to slag the guy.
They also talk openly about Derek Fisher being too slow and the reason they might not win it all is because no one on the Lakers can stop a guard like Chris Paul (who can?) So it's obvious they are going to be in the market for heir point guard of the future this off season. I believe they would covet Stephen Curry more than Monta Ellis because they value players like Curry that fit into a system rather than play like Kobe did when he first came into the league.
The best chance the Warrior have or making a significant improvement this year is to trade some kind of package of Curry and others for Bynum. The Lakers will do it, and although it has a lot of risks, Bynum is the Big we should try to get.
Pau Gasol isn't the Laker big to go after. He's a great scorer, but soft as can be. He's anti-tough. He's a great guy to have when someone else is being the beast. He's a great scoring big. That's all he is.
Bynum can't play 82 games a year. I'll say that right out. 70 games a year is what he can do. He's about 25 years old. He has a huge contract, but he can bang with the biggest centers in the NBA, can score when it's crowded inside, and if not over used, will play most of your important games in a season.
Odom is also decent, but I have to say he's better in stats than game impact. He often disappears in whole series in the playoffs. He's slightly overrated, but he's a great 6th man. I wouldn't target him for the Warriors. He's too soft also. He disappears for long stretches.