Should the Dallas Mavericks sign Carmelo Anthony to fill their final roster spot?
Anthony is unquestionably one of the best remaining free agents on the market. Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, Eric Bledsoe, Hassan Whiteside, and LaMarcus Aldridge headline the unrestricted market. Restricted free agent Collin Sexton remains in limbo, but the Mavs do not have the cap space to acquire him.
Dallas needs a guard more than they need a big man. JaVale McGee has been named the starting center by head coach Jason Kidd. The Mavericks have Christian Wood, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, and Davis Bertans all fighting for minutes at the four and five. Dorian Finney-Smith will likely start at the four, but he could play the three if necessary.
If McGee, Kleber, and Powell each average 23 minutes per game that is 69 of the 96 minutes in the frontcourt. Christian Wood figures to play more than 27 minutes per game, so Dallas literally has no frontcourt minutes available.
The Mavs would have to sign Carmelo Anthony to replace Dwight Powell in the rotation. Is the second unit better with a rim-rolling big man or a forward that can create his own shot? Give me Melo, but that is a bit of personal preference because they are vastly different players.
The Dallas Mavericks should take a hard look at Carmelo Anthony if they cannot find a trade to their liking before training camp begins. The 38-year-old can still get a bucket, and the Mavs will need that at some point next season.