The 2010 free-agency period has left it's mark on the NBA. Several teams made significant moves, practically giving away players, to clear cap space with the hopes of signing two or more free agents. New York and Miami come to mind, and Chicago managed to keep their books in order for that offseason as well. We all know what happened. There were three teams with franchise players; Miami, Toronto and Cleveland. We all know that Riley pulled off the biggest coup in the history of the NBA, and we all know how much hate if generated for fans around the NBA. Two teams dropped off the map and one team rose to the status of contender. Now Miami has been rewarded with an NBA title. So what does that mean for the NBA? Well, for one, it throws out the old model where teams built through the draft. Team like San Antonio and OKC were knocked out while the team that built itself strictly through free agency found itself on top of the heap. And we all know what happens when a team establishes a dynasty. People follow suit. The problem with that? It will ruin the parity of a league that is already struggling to keep teams competetive across the board. We saw dreadful performances from teams like Washington and Charlotte this seasons, and though Washington has made some moves forward since their dreadful start to the strike shortened seasons, Charlotte seems as far away as ever from reaching the playoffs. New York has seen the success Miami has had with their big three, and has already tried to replicate it. But what we are going to see over the next couple of seasons is big market teams clear capspace and then gut the rosters of small market teams to turn themselves into perenial contenders, which may be great for the casual fans who just want to watch the marquee names in the playoffs, but to loyal fans of the NBA, especially fans in small market areas, this means trouble. There is going to be a bigger gap between the lottery teams and the playoff teams and the lottery teams are going to have a hard time clawing their way back into the post season, let alone contending. Maybe I'm wrong, and I hope I am. The Pacers and the Bulls, and well as OKC and SA have all done well building through the draft, but with teams like Miami winning championships while the teams that built through the draft watch their rosters get gutted by big spending, big-market teams, the NBA may be headed in the wrong direction.