The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2012 offseason with holes throughout their star-studded rotation. With the lack of a point guard and their lead facilitator happening to be their leading scorer in Kobe Bryant, the team just wasn't in a legitimate position to make it to an NBA championship.
In a matter of moments, that all changed.
The Lakers acquired two-time MVP and long-time rival Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns. As a result, they've gone from one of the league's worst passing teams to the franchise in possession of the game's best facilitator.
So what's next?
With financial flexibility at a minimum, the Lakers are looking at a rather thin list of targets. Nevertheless, those targets do exist and must be capitalized on. Here's a list of five they must channel their focus toward.