Sunday, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks defeated LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat to end the season and begin the offseason. Unfortunately for the NBA and its fans, this offseason could resemble the NFL's offseason if a lockout is implemented.
As of now, teams can trade with each other. The current CBA ends June 30th and free agency begins July 1st.
Plenty of trades should go down on draft day, like usual, but don't expect a rush of free-agent signings this year, obviously. Hopefully the NBA is a more flexible league than the NFL.
The two biggest trade rumors going into the offseason have surrounded Dwight Howard and Monta Ellis. Howard wants to stay in Orlando, but he could end up going anywhere at this point as long as it's to a contender. Ellis has been closely linked to the Philadelphia 76ers in a trade for Andre Iguodala, but other teams are in the race for the guards services as well.
Stay tuned for more updates on the latest free agent buzz and top trade rumors throughout the day.