Many remember the 2010-2011 season as the year Miami's sinister "big three" formed and got crushed by the Dallas Mavericks in what seemed like a fairy tale ending; but a lot of fans seem to have forgotten about the Lakers, the repeat champions from the previous two seasons.
It's undeniable that the Lakers have holes on the roster, but it's equally undeniable that so long as Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are suiting up for L.A. a deep playoff run is possible.
The Lakers are cash strapped and can't acquire any blockbuster free agents, and what makes things worse is that owners and players are looking to make the league "more competitive" for small-market teams. Still despite all of that L.A still has some wiggle room and are only a few pieces away from being the top team in the West again.
How L.A decides to approach free agency and the trade market has never been more important as there's no guarantee that Kobe, Gasol and Odom will be able to maintain their current production for long.
Here we'll take a look at some of the best realistic front office scenario's that could help Kobe and the Lakers win a title starting next season. Each scenario will be followed by a short summary and my take on the final outcome of the moves.
Enjoy, and please get in on the conversation by leaving a comment!