ESPN reports on a number of targets for the Dallas Mavericks in free agency this summer, most notably Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
When it comes to Melo, meanwhile, what you hear is that the Mavs are quietly optimistic they will be on that short list of teams granted a face-to-face visit with the New York Knicks' scoring machine, just as they were with Dwight Howard last summer. The sense in Big D is that Melo will give them a legit look.
It's another ground ball that the Mavs are obligated to run out because Nowitzki is still their best player, which is something team officials acknowledge is too much to ask of the future Hall of Famer after 16 seasons. So the Mavs are bound to pursue Melo until they're told they have no shot, because players of that caliber are rarely available and are hard to get when they are.
ESPN also says Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who won a title with the Mavericks in 2011 could be a trade target for Dallas if New York made him available, as well as Bucks center Larry Sanders. ESPN Dallas reported Wednesday that the Mavericks were not interested in Chris Bosh because he's not a traditional rebounding big man to put next to Nowitzki.
The Mavericks seem to be unfazed by their previous failures in big-name free agency. They missed out on LeBron James and Bosh in 2010, Deron Williams in 2012, and Dwight Howard in 2013. Would Anthony fit well next to Dirk Nowitzki, especially considerig ESPN also reports the Mavs want continuity, which would bring back Monta Ellis?
Think about that for a second. Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki, and Carmelo Anthony. There aren't enough basketballs in all the world.
Sanders is an intriguing target, though. He went through a mess of personal issus and injuries last season, and could use a stabilizing, professional environment. He fits pefectly next to Nowitzki or what the Mavericks want to do. The question will be if the Mavs let go of Vince Carter or Shawn Marion who will both be unrestricted free agents.