The primary question within the 2012 NBA free agent class is whether the most prominent candidates will go home or stay home.
— Will point guard Deron Williams return to the area where he played high school ball and join the Dallas Mavericks, or will he follow the Nets to their new home in Brooklyn?
— Will point guard Steve Nash return to his native Canada and sign with the Toronto Raptors?
— Will power forward Tim Duncan re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs, or retire back home in the Virgin Islands?
— Will shooting guard Ray Allen relocate to Miami, home of the new NBA world champions?
— Forward Kevin Garnett opted to sign a three-year, $34-million extension with the Boston Celtics, but how many of the Celtics' nine other free agents also will stick around?
— Will Dallas end up retaining their two Jasons in Kidd and Terry?
— How many Lakers and Clippers will swap locker rooms?
Free agency officially commences at 11:01 p.m. Oklahoma time Saturday. Players are now free to be courted during the league moratorium period that runs Sunday through July 10, but deals cannot be signed until the moratorium ends.
As is often the case in free agency, signings will feed off each other.
While Williams has narrowed his choices to Dallas and Brooklyn, Nash will be courted heavily by whichever team Williams opts against.
New York also will try to lure Nash, who appears ready to leave after eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns, a franchise many professed would be his last.
"I couldn't list a favorite," Nash told ESPN.com, "but I do know that for the first time I realize that it might not be Phoenix. I would have said even in the middle of (last) season or last year that I would have thought I probably would have stayed in Phoenix forever, but it's come to a point now where I'm facing the reality that's not (the case).
"The Raptors would be one of those teams where you're probably not going there to win a championship in the next three years. For me it'd be going home to Canada, to a great city, and trying to help an organization move forward."
Home is where the heart is, and several free agents will have to choose exactly where their heart belongs.