You knew that Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban wouldn’t be kept quiet when the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes begins in July.
However Cuban just doesn’t have Anthony on his mind, but another current New York Knicks player as well.
The Mavs are optimistic that they’ll be on the list of teams that Anthony plans to meet with this summer and that he’ll give them legitimate consideration, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Dallas will also try to acquire another Knick, with Stein adding that they’ll be first in line should New York make Tyson Chandler available via trade, which is a scenario likely to happen.
Stein also notes that the Mavs will attempt to lure LeBron James from Miami the following summer, but doesn’t consider that likely.
The Mavs could be an intriguing player for Anthony, considering they only have $28.2 million on the books for next season, but all indications suggest that they won’t be interested if Anthony commands a max deal. However no team in the NBA seems willing to offer Anthony a max deal this summer, even the Knicks, as Phil Jackson has insisted that Anthony take a pay cut.
Chandler is also slated to make $14.6 million next season, so acquiring both as part of a sign-and-trade deal would prove to be pretty difficult to begin with.
But while I feel the Mavs are a longshot to land ‘Melo, they could be a serious threat to acquire Chandler.
However acquiring Chandler would likely prevent them from signing another quality free agent this summer as Dallas is seriously linked to Luol Deng as well.
At the end of the day I would view Dallas as a longshot for both players, but you can’t discount Cuban from making an aggressive play for both guys as he is bound to land a marquee free agent one of these years.