Feb 21, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) smiles in the second half as the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime at Amway Center. Anthony had a game-high 44 points. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony recruiting trip to Mavericks was a 'charade'

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony went around the country visiting teams during free agency. He started with the Chicago Bulls, before visiting the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks.

The Rockets visit actually went long and the Mavericks had a rather quick meeting with Anthony, which owner Mark Cuban described as “all business and basketball.” There were reports, from the Dallas Morning News‘ Eddie Sefko in particular, that the meetings went well.

Well now there is a report Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Anthony’s visit with the Mavericks was all a charade.

It doesn’t necessarily make a whole lot of sense, Anthony already had visits with three other teams in the Los Angeles Lakers, Bulls and Rockets to try and scare the Knicks. If there was zero interest from Anthony in the Mavericks there would be no need to use them as a charade, with three other visits lined up.

But there you have it, from Mr. Price.

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