Carmelo Anthony is set to receive a lot of offers from different teams in this off-season. The All-Star free agent has nearly every other franchise in the NBA wondering if they could work the cap space to land him right about now. One team that are taking a serious look at the New York Knicks man are the Dallas Mavericks.
Based on a new report from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, it’s becoming increasingly clear just how far behind the Mavericks are of the Knicks from a financial perspective. While New York can offer Carmelo a five-year maximum contract worth $129 million, MacMahon suggests Dallas’ offer is around $75 million throughout four years.
"At this point, it’s looking like the Mavs have little to no shot at signing Carmelo. To be fair, it doesn’t appear any team other than the Knicks has a very good chance," MacMahon tweeted out earlier today.
A report from Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski suggests the Knicks are in great shape after a recent meeting with Carmelo.
All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony probed New York Knicks management on the franchise’s plan to restore a contending roster and left his final free-agency meeting largely aligned with president Phil Jackson’s vision, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
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Melo had direct questions for Jackson and coach Derek Fisher during a Thursday meeting in Los Angeles, and Anthony’s increased confidence with the Knicks’ direction – which includes a maximum contract offer of five years and $129 million – has strengthened the franchise’s chances of re-signing Anthony, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
It might be time for the Mavericks, and other teams to be honest, to direct their focus elsewhere at other free agents. No-one in the league can offer Melo as much as the Knicks can right now and unless Anthony is given a team that is chock-full of other All-Stars, it seems a certain he stays in the Big Apple.