Jason Collins is the most anticipated, most uniquely positioned player to ever hit the NBA's minimum-salary free-agent market, that's unquestioned.
Bigger question: Will the first openly gay athlete in North American major pro sports land as a backup center with a new team?
It's an unprecedented situation, amid the usual chaos of the NBA free-agent period (negotiations could begin Sunday night at 9 p.m.; no deals can be signed until July 10).
Through his career, Collins has always been considered a smart and strong teammate, and the thoughtful handling of his announcement was only a reminder of that.
But it's no sure thing that Collins, 34 and dispatched from two teams last season, would've drawn much interest this summer with or without his spring announcement.
And, fair to him or not, executives and coaches who might be interested will factor in the media attention and distractions that could accompany signing Collins.
OK, beyond those generalities, my boss has been asking me several questions about Collins' free-agent possibilities, so let's answer them here, to the best of my knowledge ...
Question: How much pressure do you think the NBA feels about this?
Answer: Definitely some pressure. The NBA would very much like to be seen as an inclusive league, and I know the league office admired what Collins did and how he handled it.
Commissioner David Stern, in the last days of his reign, would not be pleased if he felt Collins was being ostracized.
He'll do what he can to make sure Collins is given a fair chance.
Question: Do you think the commissioner -- whether it's Stern or Adam Silver, who takes over next year -- might work in the background, contacting teams who might have a fit for Collins?
Answer: The league office doesn't need to make phone calls -- Stern and Silver can just let it be known that they want all teams to give Collins every consideration.
I'd also think the NBA doesn't want to be seen manipulating rosters just to guarantee a spot for somebody famous.
If Collins deserves it, perfect. If not, that's how it works in a merit-based situation.
Question: Which teams might be a fit?
Answer: Brooklyn was mentioned right after the Nets acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who respected Collins during their time together in Boston.
The best fit for Collins, as it is for all deep-reserve big men, would be with a coach and/or teammates who know him and know exactly what he'll provide.
So the Clippers, with new coach Doc Rivers -- who coached Collins in Boston--would be another possibility.
Question: What about the Warriors? Doesn't it make more sense here than most places, given the liberal nature of the Bay Area, the team's interest in the San Francisco market, and the presence of team president Rick Welts?
Answer: All of that makes sense, to a point.
In fact, Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob recently pointed to Welts, pro sports' first openly gay executive, as proof that the Warriors will not discriminate in any area of their franchise.
Also, Collins went to Stanford, so the Bay Area qualifies in several ways.
But Lacob stressed that roster decisions are basketball decisions, and their level of pursuit is yet to be determined for Collins or anybody not named Dwight Howard.
Question: Doesn't it make more sense given the health status of Festus Ezeli (out for several months of the upcoming season) and the ever-present questions about Andrew Bogut?
Answer: Yes, the Warriors will be looking for depth in the frontcourt, and given their salary-cap restrictions, the less expensive the better.
But again, Collins isn't exactly in the prime of his career, and he wasn't terrific even when he was young.
He played in nine games with Boston and Washington last season, shot 31 percent, and has always been known mostly for his ability to battle defensively on the low post.
I'd think options such as Ryan Hollins (Clippers), Chris Wilcox (Boston) and J.J. Hickson (Portland) probably are higher on the Warriors' list.
But if the Warriors go a few weeks without landing a center, and if Collins is still available, he could be an option.
Question: Does it make less sense given coach Mark Jackson's views on the matter of sexual orientation?
Answer: Jackson has never, to my knowledge, said or suggested he was against gay rights or against coaching a gay player.
When asked about Collins' announcement, Jackson said he has his religious beliefs about what's right and wrong, which certainly implied that Jackson wasn't 100 percent comfortable with the larger implications.
But Jackson also said that if Collins or anybody else is the right player for a spot on the Warriors, that's all that matters.
Question: Although most players will probably be supportive publicly, would bringing in Collins put team chemistry at risk?
Answer: That'd be a consideration; all factors that are outside the usual NBA situation have to be considered, and the media splash that would accompany Collins would definitely qualify.
How would he fit in the locker room? Impossible to guess until and unless Collins arrives.
The Warriors are a close-knit and very spiritual group -- it's not a closed-minded locker room. I don't think there would be major social hurdles with Collins.
Almost everything will be about the basketball fit, as it should be.