Eric Gordon's return has really given me a different vantage point of things. If he's healthy, then this team fills a giant hole and is several steps closer to being a good team. As of now, we are loaded in the front court with Davis, Anderson, Lopez, and Smith, which gives us some flexibility in terms of trade assets. We are also likely to have a early to mid-lottery pick which will almost assuredly be BPA, granted we don't trade it away. Add in the large space of salary cap we will have to potentially draw in a high profile free agent (which Dell and Monty have alluded to in the past), then you have a very encouraging rebuild.
The team probably wants Rivers to become the true starter at point guard by next season, but I think they will start to really make their intentions known (if they have any) later in the season if he begins to eat Vasquez's minutes. So, I don't think bringing in a free agent point guard is priority number one. However, there will be a veteran player at small forward by no later than the start of next season. I really feel like they're going to go hard after Andre Igoudala or Andrei Kirilenko as H247 has stated in their Missing Piece series.
What concerns me most about this squad is the depth on the wings, or lack thereof. Whether Rivers or Vasquez comes off the bench at some point makes no difference because they'll have no one to really play with on the wings. Luckily, the likes of Aminu, Henry, Mason Jr., and McGuire all fall off the books next season. Brian Roberts and Darius Miller are both team options. The tricky part will be trying to find wings that can play well on a second unit even if they have very defined roles: 3-point shooting, driving ability, lock-down defense, etc. Right now, as McNamara stated above, we're playing with guys who are far below replacement level, and that's not something that a team that wants to contend will manage with. Whoever we draft in the first round will not be a starter next season, they may not even get much time off of the bench (or deserve it because it's a weak class), which makes our pick something that should be dangled in a package for a veteran player.
In the end, I think the picture of the future starting lineup is beginning to become clearer, but the bench is an impossible mystery. But, given our flexibility, it's an exciting mystery. Cheers!