I's aren't dotted. T's aren't crossed. Some negotiations aren't finished. Others haven't even started.
But let's assume smooth sailing and peer into the crystal basketball. With the Dallas Mavericks eyeing Shawn Marion, this could be their opening-night roster:
Point Guard: Jason Kidd/ J.J. Barea
Shooting Guard: Josh Howard/ Jason Terry/Antoine Wright
Small Forward: Shawn Marion/ James Singleton
Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki/ Brandon Bass
Center: Marcin Gortat/ Erick Dampier/ Ryan Hollins
What would you think about this team?
A. Hello, lottery.
B. Playoffs, but nothing more. Status quo.
C. Lakers, here we come. Serious contenders.