Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said in a recent radio interview that the Mavericks would “love to have” Carmelo Anthony if he wanted to play for them (ESPN, June 15).
Anthony is expected to opt out of his contract, forfeiting the final season of his deal with the Knicks and enter free agency.
“If Carmelo would really love to come here, we’d love to have him,” Nowitzki said in an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
Though Knicks president Phil Jackson has publicly stated that he’d like Anthony to consider sticking around for his final contracted season, several teams have started to consider Anthony. The Mavericks along with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Miami Heat have begun looking into their options to free enough cap space to offer Anthony a contract this summer.
If Anthony resigns with the Knicks he could secure a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years. If he chooses to sign with another team, Anthony is looking at a maximum contract of $96 million over four seasons.
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
Is giving up $33 million worth having a better shot at NBA title? That’s what it will cost Anthony, should he opt not to re-up with the Knicks, and instead venture elsewhere.
Aside from New York, the other teams Anthony is reportedly considering (the Bulls, Rockets, Heat, and Mavericks) are all more equipped to contend for a championship at this moment. By joining any of the aforementioned teams, the Brooklyn native would come to town and be paired up with another superstar (or multiple ones, in some cases) right away.
Looking at each scenario, it’s easy to understand that Anthony would most likely be expected to play second-fiddle upon joining an already established squad.
But in the Big Apple, he’d still be considered “the man.” Should Anthony choose to stick around, he’d be well respected and all the more celebrated as the ultimate hero, should he be able to achieve the goal of bringing home the trophy.
All Phil Jackson is asking Anthony to do is wait. Let Jackson prove he can put this team in contention to win as well. With Kevin Love set to become a free agent in 2015, and Kevin Durant poised to hit the open market in 2016, the opportunity is there to reel in another superstar.
Should Anthony depart, he’ll move on to another team with an immediate window at a title. But should he stick around in New York, he’ll earn more money and have an opportunity to win big on his hometown stage not long after. Seems like a reasonable trade-off in the interim.