The Dallas Mavericks had a very disappointing season coming off of their championship win in 2011 and it doesn't look like things will get any better for them in the upcoming season.
The Mavs were banking on signing Dwight Howard, Deron Williams and renewing Jason Kidd's contract this season, however, they got the exact opposite. All three players rejected the Mavs and decided to sign elsewhere, which really put the team between a rock and a hard place.
Jason Kidd decided he was going to sign with the New York Knicks, after he had already committed to return to the Mavs, which didn't sit too well with Mavs owner Mark Cuban according to Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com.
"I was more than upset... It hurt my feelings," said Cuban.
Also, according to McMahon, Kidd played a huge role in helping the Mavs win the NBA Championship in 2011, so his departure is probably the biggest blow to the team on a list of many.
Considering Dallas was at the top of Dwight Howard's list of options, it's no surprise they were shocked when he decided to go to Los Angeles.
If the Lakers didn't appear stacked on paper before, they do now, and the Mavs will play their first game against Howard and his new team in Los Angeles, which is like rubbing salt in the wound for Dallas.
Even with players like Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas is still looking at some struggles. Nowitzki isn't getting any younger and his talent isn't getting any fresher. As it is, last season was not a good season for him at all and, according to Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, his age is beginning to show.
The Mavs were hoping to get some players to reinforce Nowitzki, but seeing as how all the all-stars decided to go elsewhere, he's back to his one-man band predicament.
Gosselin compared Kobe Bryant and Nowitzki who are only months apart in age. Even though Bryant is just as old as Nowitzki, Bryant has a lot of reinforcements on his team, which is something Dallas is severely lacking.
If losing players and being rejected for new players wasn't enough for the Mavs to deal with, they're also stuck having to compete against the Oklahoma City Thunder for the title in the West. The Thunder have proved that they are a force to be reckoned with and are only getting better.
With all the blows the Mavs are getting hit with, it looks like they have some serious work to do if they stand any chance of becoming championship contenders again.