NBA Offseason: Teams Preparing to Dethrone the Defending Champs

The Los Angeles Lakers are living the good life right now. The organization has just won its second straight championship and 16th overall. 

They have the deadliest duo in the NBA right now with the best big man in Pau Gasol and the best overall player, Kobe Bryant. 

Mitch Kupchak and the front office of the Lakers did a great job in stockpiling talent that would fit the core of the team. They re-signed an important piece of the team in Derek Fisher and signed a more than adequate backup in Steve Blake. 

They then added to their payroll by acquiring Matt Barnes on the cheap and signing a proven veteran in Theo Ratliff. Mitch also drafted two potential steals in Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, who were both late second-round picks. 

Everything is looking sunny in L.A. right now, but as the defending champs continue to get better, so does the rest of the league. Teams are stockpiling talent in order to dethrone the Lakers. 

They're tired of seeing them at the top and intend to put a stop to their championship aspirations this season. Here is a list of teams in the NBA and what they have done during this offseason in order to prevent the Lakers from three-peating. 

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