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Dirk Nowitzki: It’s not realistic to expect Carmelo Anthony to come to Dallas

Jun 20, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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When we talk about where Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James or where the biggest potential free agents (or trade pieces) could go the usual suspects start with Chicago and Houston, then move on to New York, the Los Angeles Lakers and on down the list.

Dallas wants to be in that mix.

But they don’t seem to be foremost on free agents’ minds and Dirk Nowitzki knows that. He admitted to Bryan Gutierrez of that he doesn’t expect to see Anthony in Dallas.

“Not really,” Nowitzki said. “Somebody in his camp brought up the Mavericks first. It’s not like we brought him up. If we’re actually on his radar then it’s great. Then, we obviously have to look at it. Like I’ve said, he’s obviously one of the most explosive scorers that we have in this league. If a player like that has your team on the radar, [president of basketball operations] Donnie [Nelson] and [owner] Mark [Cuban] obviously have to look at it. Do I think it’s realistic? No. You’ve got to explore all of your options.”

Dallas may have a long-shot of landing someone, this was a 49-win team last year and still has Nowitzki, plus Monta Ellis.

But their biggest problem in attracting top flight free agents is location. No, not Texas, but rather the Western Conference. Anthony and LeBron are only leaving their current spots if they think where they go gives them a better shot to win a title (I don’t think LeBron leaves at all, but that’s another post). Both of them are in the East, where the flawed Heat were still the best of the conference. The East should be improved next season but it is still a far easier path to the Finals than the West with the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Warriors, Trail Blazers, Grizzlies and so on.

Mark Cuban is still big game hunting. At some point he will land one. But this summer it seems a tough sell.

  1. jadaruler - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    The team Melo should consider is the Hawks. Good coach, point guard, and Horford would be the best player he’s played with besides a healthy STAT. Hawks could offer Milsap, the German point guard, Lou Williams and a 1st.

    • spursareold - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      I’m not totally sure the Hawks would be interested. With both the coaching staff and front office being Spurs transplants, he doesn’t seem to be their kind of guy. They have no problem making hard decisions that others question, and living with it. They let Josh Smith, another awful fit for a motion offense, walk for NOTHING last summer, and were better for it.

    • 5xchamp24 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      And why would he go to the Hawks. They are no where near a championship contender. Melo is looking for a contender because he doesnt have that many good years left

  2. nokoolaidcowboy - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    If New York was a bust for LaLa’s acting career (reality shows don’t count), then I doubt Dallas is where he is headed. He will either be in or near a Hollywood or NY locale.

    And keep your kids off my lawn!

    …that is all.

  3. azarkhan - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    True about the East being easier. Miami beat three very flawed teams to get to the Finals: the Charlotte Jefferson’s, the Brooklyn Dinosaurs, and the Indiana Juveniles.

    • bucrightoff - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      And who is really even close to challenging Miami? Washington? The Raptors? It’s just nowhere close to the West. Seriously time to eliminate conferences for playoffs and just like the 16 best teams play.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Well, at the time, remember, people thought the Nets were going to take Miami to 7 games. Then, of course, some actually thought Indiana was going to beat them in the ECF…

        Imagine if Chicago was healthy… Miami would certainly fall to the Bulls, wouldn’t they?

      • bucrightoff - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        No…the East categorically sucks. One of the worst conferences in any sport at any time. If you put Minnesota in the East, Kevin Love isn’t opting out because they are one player away from the Finals (because Kevin Love + star > Heat). The East sucks, it has sucked for the better part of a decade now. Consistently sending under .500 teams to the playoffs, teams 10 games under .500 still in the playoff hunt a week out….it just sucks.

      • bdachan12 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        That would probably cost tv viewers in the east. But they should at least do 6 teams from each conference and 4 wild cards. That would of at least replaced Atl with Phx.

      • davidly - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        PROS & CONS per this past season (my opinion version):

        – Phoenix deserved to get in and they would’ve
        – much more competitive second round including potential Heat/Pacers
        – Miami’s having to get past Bulls, Pacers, Clippers to get to the finals

        – only bounces one team from the East
        – Pacers having to get past Miami to get to ECF

      • campcouch - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        From 2004-2014 the West has 6 titles,the East 5,the West has sent 4 different teams,the East 5. The Lakers,Mavs and Spurs have made multiple trips representing the West while the Heat,Celts and Pistons have done likewise out East. The conferences have nothing to do with the Finals except determining who is competing. It’s about matchups and who can survive the series.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      The Spurs also beat three very flawed teams to get to the Finals: the Dallas Monta-balls, the Portland Jumpshooterbockers, and the OKC Ibaka-less Wonders.

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        That flawed Dallas team took the Spurs to 7 and actually had a shot at beating them. They did more than Miami could.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Miami would’ve beaten the Spurs too if San Antonio used the same lineups they used against Dallas – or, in other words, if they didn’t change their starting lineup for Game 3.

      • spursareold - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Any of those teams could have beaten any of the teams Miami played.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        No, I don’t think so. Ibaka-less OKC would’ve lost to Miami, Indiana and Brooklyn.

        Portland in the playoffs – a young jumpshooting team – very vulnerable.

        Dallas – Monta Ellis took most of their shots – enough said.

      • dablakdrphil - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Sorry Anti but you adjust your line ups based on match ups. So you’re saying “Miami would’ve beaten the Spurs too if San Antonio used the same lineups they used against Dallas”

        Maybe or Maybe not

        Playoffs are all about match ups, so of course the Spurs were going to use a different line up.

        They’re playing against the former 2x Champions who happens to play small ball and the Spurs saw using a big line up against the Heat had holes. Diaw was a double threat and he could back down anybody on the Heat’s frontcourt.

        Miami was doomed to lose this series simply from mental fatigued. Wade wasn’t healthy once again you can tell and you Bosh was a no show for most of the series and Lebron finally got burned out

      • antistratfordian - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        It wasn’t “of course the Spurs were going to use a different line up”

        There was no “of course” about it.

        They made the change because they lost Game 2 and lost home court advantage and Pop wasn’t going to do what he did last year and wait around to see what Spo was going to do next.

        If Pop knew that Diaw was going to be such a key factor he would’ve started him in Game 1. But he didn’t know that. Nobody did.

        But you can afford to be more cautious in the first round than in the finals, which would explain why Pop didn’t do anything hasty earlier when Dallas was pushing them around – it also sends a bad message to do that so early in the playoffs.

        I’m just saying that if the Spurs trotted out the team from the first three rounds, more games would’ve looked just like Game 2.

    • nycalldayz - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:33 PM


      The ancient Heat got destroyed by the Spurs. Did u not see the Finals? As flawed as the east maybe, Miami isn’t getting better, they were the oldest team in the league this season.

  4. nycalldayz - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Whether Carmelo stays in the east or goes out west it doesn’t matter. Melo didn’t get the Nuggets very far when he played in the west, and wasn’t successful with the Knicks in the so-called weak east. I just think Carmelo isn’t a first option player, but needs to be surrounded by a legit first option player.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      smart man…

      Melo will NEVER win a title while he is the 1st option on a team… he’s 0 for 11 in chances…

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        Past performance does not dictate future results.

      • irvfin3 - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        He like Nowitzki needs to be surrounded by quality defensive starting players and one of the best coaches a la Chicago!

  5. jadaruler - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I think Melo could thrive in Atlanta. They aren’t contenders, but that ATL team when healthy was the 3rd best team in the East. A rotation with Teague, Anthony, Horford, Korver, Scott, Carroll and Antic wouldn’t be a bad starting point. Schroeder will be better next year and they might have space to add a decent rotation player to the mix.

    Bulls are a good team, but who can trust Rose to return to form. Also, the piece NYK would demand from Chicago would deplete them like the Melo trade from Denver did the Knicks. If they can get him via free agency w/o giving Taj or Butler, then that’s the best team for him.

  6. ghelton03 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    It’s really very simple. If you are a coastal city, go for free agents. You are where they want to go. If you are not a coastal city, go for draft picks and roll players. Melo will be going to a coastal city. If you are not on the coast, save your breath.

  7. alongthegulf - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    The Mavs have the money, but spending it Melo would be not be a waste and a disaster for the Mavs. His ‘me first’ attitude will not fit in. The Mavs are trying to build a team based on teamwork, like the Spurs currently have. If the Rockets and Bulls want him, they can fight it out for his services. The Mavs don’t need him.

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