This off-season, IMO, will be the most crticial of the BB era. First, we will have a ton of resources. When we trade Cassel we will either get more high picks for now (possibly player(s) too) or choose to take 2010 picks. That decision can have a huge impact on the future of the franchise. It will be less value now or more value later. Will there be a rookie scale by then? Which draft looks strogner, particularly where we need it? If you look at Miguels page, we essentially have half a team signed for 2010. 26 players, 11 starters, using half the cap room projected. BB is going to 'rebuild' half of his team by 9/10. There is every reason to belief that a good bunch of that will be retaining current players, but half the team will be built in a year and a half through a combination of retention, the draft and free agency. Theoretically, we could fill up to 80% of those spots in the draft, having a tremendous amount of cap space toward the remianing 20% probably retention of our own guys. One choice would be for BB to just continue the process of drafting, keeping players he wants, filling in with free agents, but more than at least I have ever noticed, his decisions, most this off-season, but into the next could revamp his franchise. Another, which seems less likely is to be a big free agency player. I don't see that happening because I think BB feels free agency is inherently a poor value, but thats an option. We have 24 players who are signed through this year only. Of those I'd guess 8-10 will not be here next year. We also have a number of our own guys who could be resigned, and a bundle of picks. This off-season could just be a retooling where we go into next year with only 30-35 players under contract, and a ton of cap room, but I think that BB will use 2009 to prepare for 2010-2014. Admittedly I do not understand the CBA issue, so someone may be able to help me here. It seems that teams that guess right about it will have an edge for 3-4 years and those that guess wrong may have big cap problems. Is this why we have so many contracts expiring this year? Would it make sense for BB to wait for that CBA resolution to deal with them? Is that why half the team (including half the starters) are not signed beyond 2009? Does BB need to look at cash expense in addition to cap expense to be able to win in personell moves if it becomes uncapped? Is the lack of future commitment a preparation for that? Regardless the answers, and whether its from within or without, BB has the opportunity to redefine half his team, half his starter, half his cap expense in one year. It should be interesting.