The NBA may not see a 2011-12 season, but that doesn't mean several NBA free agents aren't already assessing their futures as it relates to which team they may play for next.
Similarly, despite the lockout, NBA general managers are still keeping one eye on the team budget and another on potential players who may help their team's cause.
Once the league arrives at an agreement between the owners and the players union, nine players, in particular, are going to receive several phone calls wowing and wooing them over to a particular team.
The top prize to be won is, arguably, David West, who continues to be one of the NBA's premiere power forwards.
Eight other players rank just beneath West, but they, too, are likely to be heavily sought-after for different reasons.
Also, it's worth noting that two Dallas Mavericks players—Caron Butler and Tyson Chandler—are excluded from this list given Mark Cuban's deep pockets and track record for re-signing his troops. Not to mention, the situation in Dallas is as peachy as it can be after the team's glorious championship victory over the Miami Heat this past summer.
That being said, let's begin.