Ideal Trade Partners for the Los Angeles Lakers During the 2015 NBA Offseason

After two thoroughly dispiriting years, the Los Angeles Lakers are back in a position to start making the moves necessary to compete for NBA titles again.

Not only do they have a ton of cap space this summer—with more on the horizon after Kobe Bryant's contract comes off the books—they have the juicy assets necessary to acquire championship-caliber players.

Last season's first-round draft pick Julius Randle was one of the top prospects in his class, and his stock is still where it was coming into the league after sitting out all but 14 minutes of his rookie campaign due to injury.

Second-rounder Jordan Clarkson turned heads around the league with his stellar play down the stretch, earning him All-Rookie First Team honors.

In addition to those two promising young studs, L.A. was awarded the coveted second overall pick in the 2015 draft, with a late first- and early second-rounder to follow. Armed with that treasure trove, the Lakers have the potential to fetch quite a return.

Let's look at three teams that could make ideal trade candidates for L.A. this offseason.


Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets are a team in flux. With Kenneth Faried coming off an impressive display with Team USA last summer and Danilo Gallinari slated to return from injury, Denver came into the 2015 season with postseason aspirations.

Those dreams quickly faded, and head coach Brian Shaw was fired before the season came to a close.

There have been grumblings from Ty Lawson about possibly leaving Denver, Faried hasn't lived up to the deal the Nuggets lavished upon him and Wilson Chandler is perpetually on the trading block.

You get the feeling that Denver wants to start fresh under a new regime and will be dangling its guys to see if they get any bites.

Lawson in particular is an intriguing piece for the Lakers to cons...

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