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Los Angeles Lakers: Best Free Agent Options This Offseason
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The Los Angeles Lakers are desperate to drastically upgrade the team this offseason, and because they seemingly always do, look for the Lakers to bring in some top-tier talent via free agency.  Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak's targets should include Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and others.    

Since the majority of the Lakers' cash is tied up in lucrative contracts, the team will not be able to simply go out and sign top free agents.  Instead, the Laker brass will need to get creative and pull off a sign-and-trade in order land some elite players this summer.  

As it stands, the largest contract the Lakers can offer a free agent is a "mini" mid-level exception worth $3 million.  Obviously, a sign-and-trade is absolutely necessary.

Here are the best free agent options for the Lakers this 2012 offseason.

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