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Report: Mavericks believe Carmelo Anthony will consider them as free agent

May 8, 2014, 10:08 AM EDT

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Tyson Chandler isn’t the only Knick the Mavericks are eyeing.

After striking out on Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Dallas hasn’t lost its hunger to pursue star free agents.

The Mavericks want Carmelo Anthony, and unlike two of Melo’s most-commonly mentioned suitors – the Bulls and Rockets – Dallas will actually have enough cap room to sign him outright to a max contract. But does Melo share share that the Mavericks’ enthusiasm?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

When it comes to Melo, meanwhile, what you hear is that the Mavs are quietly optimistic they will be on that short list of teams granted a face-to-face visit with the New York Knicks’ scoring machine, just as they were with Dwight Howard last summer. The sense in Big D is that Melo will give them a legit look.

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Based on the latest salary-cap projections, the Mavericks could give Melo a max contract and then have $8,476,826 left to re-sign their own players – notably Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter.

Dallas could increase that leftover cap room to $10,444,679 by declining Jae Crowder’s team option (something they’d have to do before free agency begins) and waiving Samuel Dalembert and his partially guaranteed contract (something they said they wouldn’t do).

We’re definitely verging on the low end of what Nowitzki will likely get, but if the Mavericks get Melo, maybe Nowitzki would be willing to take less.

In possibly too many ways – especially defensively, but on both ends – Nowitzki and Melo overlap in skills, and that could limit Dallas’ upside. The Mavericks aren’t going to win a title next season without Melo, though, and he’d definitely increase their potential to win big. Rick Carlisle, based on his work with Monta Ellis this season, definitely deserves a chance to integrate the potentially mismatched talents into a coherent system before anyone writes off a Melo-Dirk pairing.

Letting Marion and/or Carter walk wouldn’t be ideal, but if Dallas landed Melo, it would be much more tolerable. And maybe the Mavericks could convince one or both to stay for a minimum contract ($1,448,490) or the room mid-level exception ($2,732,000).

I don’t know how much better the Mavericks would be with Melo, but they’d definitely be much more intriguing.

  1. reesesteel23 - May 8, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Dallas never gets who they want lol. Always have to settle for the 3rd or 4th guy on their “big board”

    • cantonb0und13 - May 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM


      • cantonbound13 - May 8, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        Get a life, Leaha, you coward.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      You’re life consist of talking about LeBron 24/7 … Maybe you should look in the mirror.

  2. csbanter - May 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    If Melo wants to win “NOW” he should strongly consider the Mavericks. This 2 or 3 year plan of the Knicks you’re talking about a then 33 year old Melo at that time. He will be what Vince Carter is now at that time. A jump shooting small forward that’s it.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 8, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      I agree, the Mavs are better than the Knicks…but are the Mavs as good of a fit as the Bulls or the Rockets?

      • geefors - May 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        If he will defend (Melo) i love him in Chicago

      • fanofthegame79 - May 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        I’m not a fan of the Bulls, but this would be a scary situation for the rest of the league. There are some major questions to be worked out (who would have to be release to create cap room, can Anthony defend, will/can Rose come back), but if those questions can be answered and Rose can come back (and if they Bulls don’t have to dismantle like the Knicks did), the Bulls would be a title-contender.

  3. jzone954 - May 8, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Mavs are the perfect fit for him.

  4. jolink653 - May 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Dallas has more than enough offensive firepower, so what more would Melo bring to their team? They need more of a defensive presence

    • casualcommenter - May 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Agreed with this. Despite having a bit of a ragtag roster, the Mavs’ were an elite team on offense.

      Issue is defense. Carmelo would be better deserved going to a very good defensive team that needs scoring, but the Mavericks are the exact opposite of that.

  5. wlubake - May 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    He won’t go to Dallas. Rick Carlisle and Mark Cuban won’t fawn all over him like he wants. Their presentation will be numbers and basketball. No wining and dining. Melo needs that ego stroked.

    Plus wasn’t there an issue with La La Anthony and the Mavericks back in 2009? She might not welcome a move to Dallas.

    • louderthanwords1 - May 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      OMG Melo wants to be courted as a free agent?!? What’s wrong with him?!? Oh thats right just like every free agent ever he wants to be shown hes wanted and he’s earned that right. If you were one of the top people in your profession wouldn’t you want to be courted? For the first time in his career he’s entering free agency and he deserves every perk that comes with it.

      As for the Mavericks if you think they won’t fawn all over Melo do you not remember Dwight, Dwill or Lebron’s free agency? And I guess you want to say the animated video they made for Dwight is all numbers and basketball? A good presentation plays to the person. For Dwight they thought he would like a goofy video and for Melo he’s already said he wants to be wined and dined and there’s nothing wrong with that.

      As for La La it wasn’t a problem with the Mavericks exactty it was a problem with some fans she claimed made racist remarks and then she got into it with the fan and was ejected. That could be a stumbling block for Melo to Dallas but I think the bigger impediment will be the Bulls are just a better fit for him if he’s willing to take a little less money.

  6. ocgunslinger - May 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    I really like Mark Cuban and what he has brought to the NBA and the same with Dirk. So…..I hope that is no way does Melo consider Dallas. Be careful of what you wish!

  7. au1978 - May 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I’m a Rockets fan and obviously think Houston is a better choice than Dallas. But for him, Chicago is a better choice than both.

  8. sumkat - May 8, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Obviously, the Mavs are seriously overestimating how much star players would want to come to Dallas and be tied to an aging Dirk.

    Either that, or the rest of the world is underestimating it.

    But I’m sure Melo would love to use them as a bargaining chip….so there’s that

  9. spillz121 - May 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Yeah the same way they thought they could get D. Williams & D. Howard.

  10. unxpexted1 - May 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    It would be an interesting fit, if they got a good point guard, defensive center, and defensive 2 guard to go with it. 2 stars, and 3 defensive players is what a team with Melo needs. Unfortunately Chicago seems to be the only team that has that

  11. irvfin3 - May 8, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    As a Mavs fan and Melo being my favorite player I don’t want him in Dallas our offense is good as it is we need to turn our focus to DEFENSE. I want Melo in Chicago where they need a scorer and a better run in the playoffs.

    • jprk31 - May 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      the Mavs were top 5 in offense. i agree, we need young defenders.

  12. Very Real News - May 8, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    “But does Melo share share that the Mavericks’ enthusiasm?”

    Well said.

  13. genericcommenter - May 8, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Is he going to be Dirk’s backup?

  14. jprk31 - May 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    as a Mavs fan, I don’t want Carmelo. he’s not that great IMO.. everywhere he goes, he loses. the team gets worse. selfish ball and no defense? no thanks!

  15. jlaws007 - May 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    The Maverick’s have as much chance of removing Melo from the “Mecca” of Pro Basketball, as they do of landing Kevin Durant lmao With the arrival of Phil Jackson as prez it would be more likely to see an exodus of players wanting to go to New York !! This is coming from a “Die Hard” Cowboy’s fan !!

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