Dirk Nowitzki doesn't think Carmelo Anthony joining Mavs is 'realistic'

Will Carmelo Anthony look the other way from the Mavs?  (USATSI)
Will Carmelo Anthony look the other way from the Mavs? (USATSI)

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In an interview with ESPN Dallas Friday, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki admitted that the prospect of Carmelo Anthony joining the Mavericks doesn't seem "realistic."

When asked Friday about how realistic it would be to see Anthony in a Mavs uniform, Nowitzki said: "Not really."

"Somebody in his camp brought up the Mavericks first. It's not like we brought him up. If we're actually on his radar, then it's great. Then, we obviously have to look at it," Nowitzki said as he prepared for his Heroes Celebrity baseball game. "Like I've said, he's obviously one of the most explosive scorers that we have in this league. If a player like that has your team on the radar, [president of basketball operations] Donnie [Nelson] and [owner] Mark [Cuban] obviously have to look at it. Do I think it's realistic? No."

Dirk Nowitzki doesn't believe there is a realistic chance that Carmelo Anthony will be joining him in Dallas.

While it sounds unlikely the Mavs will get Anthony, Nowitzki is still making his way to the Big Apple next week, where he plans on attending former teammate Steve Nash's charity soccer game. This will be the first time that Nowitzki has been able to participate in Nash's event.

Nowitzki could be in the same general location as Anthony just as free agency is about to begin. Does that mean he could take part in some recruiting?

"I don't think so," Nowitzki said. "I'm just going to enjoy my time and play some soccer. I don't think recruiting is part of the plan yet."

via Dirk Nowitzki doesn't think it's realistic that the Dallas Mavericks will land Carmelo Anthony - ESPN Dallas.

Dallas has traditionally had bad luck with chasing max free agents despite Mark Cuban's efforts to maintain financial flexibility. The Mavericks will have nearly $30 million in cap space but will have to re-sign Nowitzki as part of their efforts. Veterans Shawn Marion and Vince Carter are both free agents, as are DeJuan Blair and Devin Harris. Really the only core the Mavs have includes Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Brandan Wright. Not exactly the building blocks of a title contender. 

The Mavericks reportedly don't consider Chris Bosh a good fit for their team, and if they don't think they can land Melo, you'd have to think LeBron James is out. But Dallas has always been resourceful in finding ways to build a competitive team. We'll see if they can pull off more magic with cap space without adding another star beside Nowitzki.

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