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Mavericks to pursue Carmelo Anthony in free agency

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Baller Mind Frame’s No Layups brings you the hottest NBA stories on the web mixed with personal opinion from our very own Aaron Lanton

Based on the latest salary-cap projections, the Mavericks could give Melo a max contract and then have $8,476,826 left to re-sign their own players – notably Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter.

Dallas could increase that leftover cap room to $10,444,679 by declining Jae Crowder’s player option (something they’d have to do before free agency begins) and waiving Samuel Dalembert and his partially guaranteed contract (something they said they wouldn’t do).

We’re definitely verging on the low end of what Nowitzki will likely get, but if the Mavericks get Melo, maybe Nowitzki would be willing to take less. Pro Basketball Talk

Anthony is coming off the most impressive statistical season of his career, but has made it clear that his number one priority is winning. The best place to accomplish this goal might be in Dallas. The most rumored suitors so far have been the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and New York Knicks – none of those teams appear championship ready with the addition of Anthony. The Mavericks are a very intriguing option considering their first round Game 7 loss to the San Antonio Spurs this postseason.

No matter what, Carmelo Anthony is going to be a happy, paid man. For the first time, he’s an unrestricted free agent holding his destiny in his own hands.

Choose wisely. – AL

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