No signings or trades are allowed until a new agreement between owners and players is reached. When it eventually does end, however long it may take, deals could heat up quickly. Here's who should get moving when the custodians of the game find the keys to the gym, turn on the lights and let the action start, via ESPN:
1. Which team must make a major move this offseason?
2. Pick: Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, Nene, Yao Ming or Greg Oden.
Nene is overwhelmingly chosen, with Tyson Chandler being a cheaper alternative, and Marc Gasol being my own personal favorite.
3. Who's the best non-center available this summer?
David West first and foremost (he's put up 19-8 nightly for five seasons now), then Wilson Chandler (a cheap alternative), Caron Butler, restricted FA Thadeus Young, Andrei Kirilenko, and Tayshaun Prince.
4. Bargain hunting: Who's the best buy on the market?
JR Smith (could be Jamal Crawford 2.0 at about 60 percent the cost), Marcus Thornton (the 24-year-old former second-round pick averaged 21.9 points per game over the Kings' final 18 games), Jonas Jerebko, our own Joel Prybilla (since he'll be a VERY cheap veteran), Troy Murphy, and even Anthony Carter is mentioned.
5. Use the Trade Machine to make a deal that should happen.
Please check out http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=5-on-5-110704 for more info on the topics discussed above, noting that this post is very much a summation of a much longer and detailed ESPN 5 on 5 article.