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Report: Mavericks believe they’ll miss out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, will try to sign Chandler Parsons

Jul 7, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

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The Mavericks met with Carmelo Anthony. They met with LeBron James’ agent.

Mark Cuban – relying on the pull of Dirk Nowitzki – has done an excellent job positioning Dallas as potential destination for premier free agents. From Deron Williams to Dwight Howard, the Mavericks have struck out lately, but at least they’re drawing looks.

Unfortunately, this year will likely bring more letdown for Dallas. Melo’s top two options appear to be the Knicks and Lakers, and the Heat and Cavaliers seem to lead the LeBron race.

So, what’s next for the Mavericks?

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Dallas, believing it will likely lose out on both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, will attempt to sign Chandler Parsons away from the Houston Rockets. The Mavericks also have Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza in their sights, sources said.

Parsons is a restricted free agent, meaning the Rockets can match any offer he receives. If LeBron and Melo have already signed, Houston would very likely match any offer for Parsons. But if those two stars are still in play, the Rockets would have to think long and hard about matching a big offer.

I’m not convinced Parsons would put Houston in that position. He was slated to earn less than $1 million this season. The Rocket did him a favor by declining his team option and letting him become a free agent, one can draw around $10 million per year. In exchange, maybe he agreed to wait to sign an offer sheet.

But if Parsons gets impatient and wants a guaranteed high salary, the Mavericks sure could make things interesting if they’re out of the Melo/LeBron sweepstakes before Houston.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    The Mavericks always miss out on the top stars. But should be thankful they didn’t sign Deron Williams. Expect them to sign some solid players and remain competitive next season. Rick Carlisle extremely underrated head coach.

    • cmehustle - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Thanks…. (from a nets fan)

  2. RonKarate - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Who the heck would want to go to Texas?

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Any piece of meat destined for bbq.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Yeah, what good players would want to play in Texas?

      Texas teams start no name guys like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili, Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Vince Carter, James Harden, and Dwight Howard.

      You know, scrubs nobody has ever heard of.


  3. kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Dallas seems to miss out on everybody.

    • wlubake - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      But they are also in on everybody. They can’t really control what works against them, though: being in the Western Conference.

      They’ll ultimately turn the space created for Melo/LeBron into 2 upgrades and keep getting better. Then they’ll be back in it next year when Tyson Chandler’s contract comes off the books.

      This article also ignores a key point. Say Melo goes to New York, LeBron to Cleveland. Then Houston is calling up Bosh. That still leaves Parsons there for the taking. I’d personally prefer Ariza or Deng.

      I fear Parsons looks better than he is because he is such a bargain now. Take away the bargain price, and he’s just a starting caliber 3. Great to have, but not a difference-maker.

  4. mdp44 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    ^ anybody with any common sense

  5. handsomerob86 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    I feel like Deng would be a great fit with Dallas, but they shouldn’t waste their time with Parsons, they know Houston will match, and he (Parsons) is on board with them. Even if Dallas tried to sign him, he wouldn’t do it early, so Houston can still get their man (Bosh).

    If Dallas ends up with Deng or Ariza, I believe they will be a greatly improved team. Especially if they can get someone like Jarrett Jack from the Cavs on the cheap in a trade.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Parsons would be a good get for Dallas, but I agree that most think Parsons wants to ultimately stick with Houston.

      With the Heat dropping out of the Luol Deng sweepstakes by giving their midlevel exception to Josh McRoberts, the Mavs should go after Deng while the Bulls are busy waiting for Carmelo’s decision.

    • ddarqwon - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Deng would be a solid get for the Mavs but be wary of Ariza.
      He looked very good in a contract year but I’ve seen that movie before.

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