I still think that if had kept Billups and traded Sheed and/or Tay for a real big man and then added a FA that was an upgrade over kwame and fabio, there was a chance to get by Cleveland or Boston.... But to Dumars it was all about trying to have cap space available for one of the big fishes in 2010 and now he admits that probably none of them will leave their current teams unless two of them flee to play together in NYC. We don't know yet which two teams get to the finals as it is mostly about whose upgrade or change that occurred either at the beginning or mid year compared to the prior season, made the most impact. In 2004, the Lakers and Pistons get to the finals with the acquisition of Malone and Payton & Sheed and James... Pistons newbies win out as Malone and Payton are no shows in the finals. Last year the Lakers acquire Gasol, and the Celtics trump them better by getting KG, Ray and Posey. This year we got the Cavs possibly getting there with FA signing of Mo Williams and possibly the Nuggets getting there with Billups. We still got a month to see who's upgrade wins out here or will the wild card be Andrew Bynum, who was not available for last years post season but might show up this year ?