How the Lakers can land two superstars (or fail trying)

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How should the Los Angeles Lakers start to get back to title contention over the next six months?

L.A. has the option to clear the decks to make way to add two maximum free agents such as LeBron James, Paul George and/or DeMarcus Cousins -- though with plenty of other costs -- or take a more patient approach. What does each path look like, and what are the best options?

Let's look at all the potential maneuvers and decisions the Lakers will face as they continue to rebuild a team that has missed the playoffs four straight seasons.