The Dallas Mavericks made their bid for New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Dallas was one of several stops on the free agency tour from Carmelo.
Originally Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the meeting was “all basketball and business” and the team took a different approach than the others making bids. Then came news that the meeting with Dallas was a “charade.”
Now there are reports that Carmelo has made up his mind and the Dallas Mavericks aren’t in the mix.
From the New York Daily News:
Anthony is expected to accept the Knicks’ five-year, $129 million contract offer, and a decision could be made within the next 48 hours.
Reportedly the Los Angeles Lakers are the one team holding up any deal between the Knicks and Anthony. The Lakers could sign Anthony to a max contract, but they could also potentially get LeBron James and Anthony.
The one holdup could be James, who is also an unrestricted free agent and is being courted by several teams, including the Cavaliers and the Lakers. Anthony met with the Lakers on Thursday in Los Angeles and afterward Lakers officials flew to Cleveland to meet with James’ agent, Rich Paul.
The Lakers have the ability to sign either James or Anthony to a max contract and they could conceivably sign both if James and Anthony agree to take less money.
For the Mavericks it is looking like time to focus on Plan B.