What happened to the Mavs is what IMO is wrong with the NBA now. They, and I'm NOT defending them , but they tried and failed to clear cap space to add superstar next to Dirk and reload for another title run, then when those superstars don't sign there they are left signing leftover pieces just to field a squad. See: Next yrs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers etc etc. This is why I as an NBA fan can't stand multiply stars signing on the same teams, it seems like it's going to wreak havoc on the bottom half of the league and their fan bases and teams that build through young guys clear cap space and then try to sign a superstar but get rebuffed are left with scrap. The Lakers, a team alot of people thought got screwed over by the blocked Paul trade now might have all stars at 4 positions going into next yr if they land Howard. Now did they do anything wrong or outside of the rules? Nope not at all! But let's be honest, Nash pretty much asked ownership to trade him there while playing the family card and Howard could end up there only because most of ORL other options fell through because they took so damn long. In both cases it seems like the player is choosing their team packed with talent. I as a fan hope this doesn't bite the league in their *** 2-3 yrs down the line when the bottom feeders can't get more than 8000-10000 fans in the seats to watch barely passable NBA rosters.