There's a lot of moves that are going to be made in the next two days...so lets take an objective look at just where we stand, and at just what could happen: Team: Right now, there are seven to eight players under contract depending on whether or not Kwame opts out (I can't imagine that he thinks he earned a bigger contract with his play this season). C: K. Brown? PF: J. Maxiel SF: T. Prince, W. Sharpe SG: R. Hamilton, A. Afflalo PG: R. Stuckey, W. Bynum Draft: Dumars has said that he is going to select an 'immediate contributor to the rotation' with the #15 pick, and it sure sounds like he's aiming to grab some euro-ball-bound raw projects in the second round. So, if the BJ Mullens promise is true, then we'd be drafting him in order to trade him to another team. Beyond that, there are some elite point guards (Jrue Holliday being the most likely) that could slip, and some solid SF's (Earl Clark, Austin Daye, etc.), but that's about it. I do not think that any of the power forwards (James Blair, Psycho-T, etc.) that are going to be available to us at this point are going to be improvements over our current backup, Jason Maxiel (thus, they would not be immediate contributors to the rotation). Its also true that some of the point guards we're considering might not be improvements over our current backup at that position either, Will Bynum, but because there seems to be a strong possibility that Rip will be traded or moved to the three...rodney could be moved to the two, and a backup point could be needed. Free Agency: The top free agent targets this off-season appear to be Carlos Boozer/Paul Millsap at power forward (depending on what happens in utah), and Ben Gordon at shooting guard. Signing one of the power forwards makes sense (as Jason Maxiel is not a starting caliber PF), but as things stand, signing Ben Gordon does not. Even if Rip Hamilton COULD play the three, Tayshaun Prince couldn't play the four. So that signing would require one of these two to be traded. Though many have mentioned Hedo Turkoglu, Marvin Williams, and Ramon Sessions, we have yet to hear much about us being interested in them (or vice versa). Trades: There is so much that could happen. Obviously, Tayshaun Prince and/or Rip Hamilton will be at the center of any significant deal. The #15 overall pick (or whomever we select there) could be included. Role players such as Max, AA, Bynum, Sharpe and Kwame (if he doesnt opt out) could also be included. - There's a need at center, and no suitable players available in free agency or the draft, so that's an obvious position to look at (al jefferson? brook lopez? amare stoudemire? tyson chandler? etc.). - There's also obviously a need at power forward, and though there should be at least one suitable replacement there in free agency (but none in the draft...if you're asking me), with a stud like Chris Bosh being floated out there, or a possible cheap alternative in Charlie Villanueva, this is also possible. - Tayshaun Prince has really been struggling, so we could upgrade there through a trade. There are going to be some solid small-forwards in the draft, but none of these guys look like season1 starters to me. Hedo Turkoglu's an URFA, and Marvin Williams is a RFA, but we haven't heard much about either. Josh Smith rumors out there? Something to think about. - Rip's in more or less the same boat as Tay. He's still playing well, but he's old, and expected to get worse. Ben Gordon might be a suitable replacement via the market. I don't think any starting caliber two-guards are going to be available in the draft. I haven't heard of any sweet shooting guards being on the block. I suppose joe-d could pull a surprise shooting guard out of nowhere, but it'd be about the least likely position to do so. - Stuckey's really the center piece here right now (sadly?), but he could play off-guard as well, so there's the possibility of a trade for a point guard. Not much really available via free agency (Ramon Sessions? really). Might be able to get a steal like Jrue Holliday in the draft. The only real cool point i've heard in trade talks is rondo. Maybe we pull something off for him?? Next to shooting guard, point guard is probably the least likely position we'll trade for.