Apparently, that's part of the thinking for the Mavericks.
They saved about $95,000 by trading down two spots in tonight's draft. That's if they sign a player with the 24th overall pick, who will earn $1.12 million next season. The 22nd pick will get $1.215 million.
Of course, if they take a player like Florida point guard Nick Calathes, who already has a contract in Greece, they could stash him there for a year and not pay a penny, but keep his rights for the following summer.
That would be another savings, all of which would be geared for - you guessed it - the 2010 free agent bonanza.
The Mavericks figure every cent they can whittle off the bottom payroll line for 2010 is that much more than can throw at Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade or whoever.
So far, they have stayed true to that pursuit.