For all the criticism thrown Carmelo Anthony's way mostly any team in the NBA would gladly take him on their roster if there wasn't a salary cap to deal with. He's good, very good. However, you need the money to offer him to bring pry him away from the New York Knicks. The Dallas Mavericks have that cap space and Dirk Nowitzki would be happy to have him if Anthony would decide to play in Dallas moving forward.
The Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are the two most mentioned teams in play for Carmelo Anthony if and when he opts out of his New York Knicks contract. However, the Dallas Mavericks have enough cap space to offer him a full max contract outright. Could they be in play for his services?
Clearly they'd have to use some of that money to Dirk Nowitzki, but that shouldn't be a problem. Plus, without Nowitzki signing with Dallas wouldn't make much sense for Anthony. If Nowitzki desires to play next to Anthony he'd have to take a discount but that doesn't sound like it would be much of an obstacle either.
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports Nowitzki spoke about Anthony signing with Dallas on radio station 105.3 The Fan.
“If Carmelo would really love to come here,” Dirk says, “we’d love to have him.”
Nowitzki, speaking to “Ben & Skin” on 105.3 The Fan, obviously has some awareness of reports that ‘Melo might opt-out of his deal with the Knicks to explore free agency, and that Dallas might be on his wishlist.
But Dirk clearly has no doubts about a Nowitzki/Anthony “fit.”
“Listen, I think I’ve showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody,” the UberMan says. “The only tough season I think we’ve had is when we had (Antawn) Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same 4-men, but other than that I think I’ve shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I’ll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass — I’ll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner.”
There's still plenty for Dallas to consider. First of all, can they get Anthony to accept less than the full max contract? Do they know he's a sure signing enough to decline their option on Jae Crowder? What do they do with Samuel Dalembert? Should they waive him? Can they trade him? How much of a pay cut is Nowitzki willing to take to add a player like Anthony to the Dallas roster?
Even if all of that could be taken care of there's another issue. Dallas can’t speak to Anthony until July 1 so technically Nowitzki even mentioning him on the radio is tampering. Now, players and teams do it all the time. However, you're suppose to pick up the phone and do it privately not go on the radio and do it for all to hear.
Here's the other thing, Dallas has the same problem the Rockets have. They play in the Western Conference. It's much tougher to get through the West than it is the Eastern Conference, even with the Miami Heat in the East. That's why the two most likely landing spots for Anthony this off-season are still Chicago and New York.
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