So while Dallas moves on to their first conference finals since 2006, the Lakers begin an offseason that should be packed with questions.
Head coach Phil Jackson has already said that this would be his final season, so it's safe to assume the team will have a new coach.
When you consider how the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, it may also be safe to assume that the team will have some new players (by way of trades).
During a postgame show following Game 3 of the series, ESPN analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson said that he felt the only contract that might be untouchable is that of Kobe Bryant.
Could big-name players like Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom or even Pau Gasol be on the move this summer?
This slideshow will detail five potential deals involving those big names (and a few others) that could help the Lakers return to the top of the NBA next season.
Bear in mind that many of these deals only mention the main players involved. For things to work for all teams involved, other players (and maybe even teams) would have to be included.