Posted by Matt Moore
As our own Ken Berger has reported in the past, Mark Cuban is willing to take a shot at convincing Carmelo Anthony to stay and is therefore open to trading for the Denver star without an extension in place. Without discussing Melo specifically (which would violate tampering rules), Cuban had this to say to the New York Post about acquiring an All-Star without an extension:
"Yeah, in a heartbeat. Because then its up to me to try to convince them to stay," Cuban said. "If everybody wants to give off a great player, were always going to try to be opportunistic. But those calls typically aren't made. Those happen once every five years or so."via Mavericks willing to rent Anthony - NYPOST.com.
Cuban is the kind of bold owner who would take it upon himself to convince the star to stick around. And with the Mavericks very much in need of a wing now that Caron Butler is out for the season, and with several expiring contracts to dangle, the Mavs could find themselves in position to make a run at Melo before the deadline.
Melo wouldn't fit perfectly on the Mavs, not with both he and Dirk mid-range players who work best shooting elbow jumpers. But Anthony could help with rebounding from the 3 spot, and it removes the need for as much depth. If they were to find a special combination, it could lead to a deep playoff run, something Anthony obviously wants. And while Dallas isn't New York by any stretch, it is a major metropolitan area with that kind of environment, and is a very East-Coast-feeling city, or as much of one as you can get in Texas.
Cuban shook things up in Dallas last year over All-Star Weekend, trading for Butler and Brendan Haywood. Is this the year he goes for the big maneuver?