NBA teams get in line for one of the best scorers in the league.
Anytime a big name hits the free agent market or gives his intent to opt out of his current contract, every team in the middle of the pack and lower start to do the sums.
The Dallas Mavericks have always been on the hunt to landing a big name since their title run in 2011, and despite offering several big names plenty, they have yet to sign one.
And Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki does not believe that is going to change with Anthony.
“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.
“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.”
Dallas is just one of several locations that have said to interest Anthony if he does opt-out of his contract with the Knicks, with Chicago and Houston being the other contenders.
Speaking about his own contract talks, Nowitzki said he will meet with owner Mark Cuban when the time is right and said he hoped to extent his current deal.
“Nothing has really changed. Cuban and I will meet July 1 when it’s legal,” Nowitzki said. “Hopefully we’ll just get a deal done pretty quickly. We all know that’s what needs to happen. Both parties want the same. We’ll just need to find a middle ground for me to feel respected and for the franchise still to have enough cap room left to do some good things this summer.”