Dirk Nowitzki makes pitch for Carmelo Anthony

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.




16 comments
C0P0
C0P0

"Oh look. It's Melo! 

He's the greatest, now that he's leaving The Knicks!" - Everyone USA



Damn you. Damn you all.

BDarc23
BDarc23

Is he giving up 33 million?  Most of that money is just due to the extra year.  Melo will be playing somewhere the 5th year and probably for a lot of money.

barnaby87
barnaby87

Why would Melo want to go to Dallas?  They have about a two year window with Dirk.

jax13
jax13

Melo n dirk on same team would easily be the worst defensive team n wow, you play in west.

chudogz1
chudogz1

He needs to be fined $25,000 ASAP.... TAMPERING 101.... Adam Silver needs to pull his head out of Mark Cubans anus, and fine the big pretty boy Durk, as he did to Phil...

johneco
johneco

Total tampering, fine that muhfuh

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

I actually would pee myself laughing if Melo went'tn to Dallas under the umbrella of "I want to win a championship now."  It would actually show how unintelligent he really is.

I also don't want to hear a F*****G PEEP from the media about Knick mgmt/ being the reason for his departure if he chooses to go to chicago.  Chicago has been warring with Thibs for two to three years now, can't get Rose on the court, and are cheap as can be.

frankly
frankly

Can't see Melo taking a bench role in Miami. Heat needs to beef up the subs. Oh, and a new coach.

mrdullah
mrdullah

JR Smith says if Melo joins the Heat he'll stop talking to him... LOL!

mrdullah
mrdullah

Question...

If Melo is on that team do the Heat beat the Spurs?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@orlando_knickfan  Well Dallas was the only team to take the Spurs to a game 7 as an 8 seed...its all about match ups.  But...if Melo goes to dallas I don't see them winning...just saying the facts....Dallas played them the best out of all teams.

brookdon
brookdon

Melo would start at the 4 for miami.

Chalmers-Wade-Lebron-Melo-Bosh

brookdon
brookdon

Spurs were on a mission, probably not.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@mrdullah  I don't think so...but it pushes the series to a game 6 or 7...at a game 7 anything can happen..so ya never know...we will never know.