Ranking the contenders if an NBA superstar hits the trade market

Which teams could make the best offers if a superstar hits the trade market? AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

There is a formula to use when a team is looking to acquire a superstar. The combination of draft picks, young players, tradable contracts and cap space -- plus, of course, timing (an unhappy superstar helps) -- are the key ingredients to have in place when an All-Star becomes available.

However, the key is putting together a package that does not gut your roster now, wipe out your draft assets and leave a lack of flexibility for the future.

The Celtics had the goods for Kyrie Irving last summer, like the Rockets did for James Harden in 2012.

If a surprise franchise-changer becomes available again, who will have the best trade package? These nine teams stand out.