There's no use pretending you haven't thought about it.
The 2013 NBA free agency period is anything but around the corner, yet to attempt to ignore its importance, even for a short while, is less than futile.
Though an ample amount of energy is currently being spent showering teams like the Lakers with offseason praise, the time to look ahead, and see which teams and players will re-shape the league next summer, is now.
But in doing so, there are a number of pitfalls that must be avoided, hidden obstacles with the potential to discredit logic and render teams' blueprints useless.
Because when attempting to make a free-agency splash, franchises must be careful not to overlook particulars, the details that serve as insight into how valuable an athlete actually is.
After all, failure to do the due diligence can often result in a larger-than-prescribed dose of buyer's remorse both for what teams ultimately paid for, and what they didn't.