I sit here, wondering how this Lakers deal for Dwight Howard and Chris Paul might go down in my head, and I wanted to share it with you readers. 

I'm not going to say what trades have to happen, but I will give you a starting lineup that, if cohesive, will be unstoppable. 

Starting, at point guard, for (cue Lawrence Tanter) YOUR Los Angeles Lakers, in his 6th year out of Wake Forest, Chris Paul. 

Paul can push the ball, give the Lakers a different tempo, and with Mike Brown replacing legendary Phil Jackson on the L.A. bench, that is exactly the direction the Lakers want to go. 

The tricky part is who starts at the 2/3 spots, and to be honest, Kobe can play a 3, no questions asked, but then you have ole' what's his face, Metta World Peace. 

You might know him as Ron Artest, but the Lakers have been said to have interest in former UCLA sharpshooter Jason Kapono.  

Pau Gasol would continue to roam the power forward position, falling into a perfect role with a dominant force under the basket. 

That force, necessarily, doesn't have to come via trade. Andrew Bynum can be that force, but the organization is said to be in pursuit of Dwight Howard. 

There are many things that need to happen in order for this to work, but the Lakers do have pieces to work with. It's a business, and you gotta give some, to get some.  

It's a business of being the best, and with one more championship, the Lakers would tie the Boston Celtics for most in NBA history. 

The one spot the Lakers do need to keep consistent is the bench. Trading everything away is not the best plan, but a roster overhaul looks imminent with the rumors floating around.

Mitch Kupchak understands that, and we can only wait and see what happens until the season opener, on Christmas Day against the visiting Chicago Bulls, brings us.  

Will it be a Merry X-mas for Laker fans, or will we wait until a New Year's Resolution kicks in?

We can only wait and see.