The NBA offseason and its roster moves certainly keep our interest, even when the game isn't actually being played.
Many teams already committed their payroll flexibility during last year's mega-star hunt, and with the potential lockout looming, money might not be thrown around with such freedom.
Still, bidding wars will always develop around a coveted prize. There are certainly enough interesting prospects and near-stars to justify such competition this summer.
Yet, while attractive names might be pursued from the outside, they're usually just as desired by their current teams. In alphabetical order, these are the guys who must be retained by their Western Conference franchises if they're to improve at all.
Note: We looked at the Eastern Conference earlier last week...