The Dallas Mavericks faced a team in the 2011 NBA Finals that was as, if not more, talented than they were.
Both teams' rosters are filled with some of the league's prominent names. The Mavs were led by a set of seasoned veterans like Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion and Jason Terry. On the side of the Miami Heat was the young and talented All-Star trio of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James, not to mention quality veterans like Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Illgauskas.
The Heat's roster of role players and vets, most of whom took pay cuts for this one chance at glory, was built around their "Big 3", which was quickly assembled mostly due to the saavy Pat Riley. The players couldn't resist the temptation to be on a seemingly instant contender.
They were trumped, however, by a Dallas Mavericks team that since its previous Finals appearance in 2006, had gone about building a championship team piece by piece by acquiring talent over the course of five years.
Now, teams across the league will be looking to make moves to make their rosters competitive. So while this past year's free agency fiasco shook up the league, next season's landscape could look even more different. Assuming the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement doesn't cause a lockout, here are some key players from each team that could see a change of scenery.