I hope the current winning streaks by the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets will throw the panicky trades of Dallas and Phoenix into some relief. Both the Mavs and the Suns seemed to have taken the attitude that if LA was going to make a blockbuster deal that improved the team, that, damnit, they had to make blockbuster deals of their own without giving adequate consideration to whether or not the deals were helping. Meanwhile, other West teams who chose to just tweak and improve are in good shape.

Maybe the Lakers will win in the end, especially if Bynum comes back at full strength. And if they do, they do. It's hard to compete when a good team gets to add a player as good as Gasol without giving anything up. But flailing is not the answer.