Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 1:00 pm  |  10 responses

Mavericks Join the ‘Melo Derby

Mark Cuban has reportedly thrown his hat in the ring for Anthony’s services. Why the hell not? Dallas Basketball reports: “The Mavs have in recent days ‘continue to touch base’ with the Nuggets regarding Carmelo Anthony trade ideas, sources tell us. But it seems there are three immovable hurdles blocking ‘Melo-to-the-Mavs from viability. As detailed to us tonight by two NBA sources, those hurdles are: What Denver believes it can get in exchange from somebody like New Jersey, which features young ‘lottery-level’’ talent like Devin Harris and Derrick Favors. If the Nuggets are preparing to tear down their roster and rebuild – the likely path assuming Anthony departs – they will want to do so with a core of young-but-proven talent. Our understanding is that while Rodrigue Beaubois might fit that profile, Dallas comes up short in terms of other names. Dominique Jones? He’s the 25th pick, a rookie, who is toiling in the D-League. J.J. Barea? Not a building block. Ian Mahinmi and Alexis Ajinca? Obviously not A-level talent. What Dallas has done, to its credit, is develop some ‘D-level’ guys into ‘C-level’ guys; Mahinmi and Ajinca would have supplemental value in trades. But Denver isn’t interested in supplements. Nor, apparently, are they interested in a package that would also feature the expiring contract of Caron Butler.”

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  • Drew

    Maverick’s are not going to be getting Melo. They have zero pieces that Denver wants and Melo will not sign the extension with the Mavs at the end of the season.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Remember Mark Cuban was also in on ‘The LeBron Sweepstakes’ this summer, he’s just looking around, he’s not going to do anything.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    A) NOOOOOOOO! Someone freeze Cubes accounts till after the deadline
    B) a team that just ended winning streaks of some of the best in the L and is just gelling and has in Roddy a diamond in the rough, needs another star like Cuban needs to get an oscar nom. for his Entourage cameos.
    Finally, i think Caron isn’t at 100% yet so why not keep on developing the team vibe. Pieces they have are good.
    (and yes, i can’t stand the backpedaler)

  • http://google c_cantrell

    worthless article.. not going to happen

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Mike Fisher and his staff have a knack of reporting “non-news.” However, they are very thorough. Is it any surprize that the Mavs looked into Melo? Every team in the league is contacting the Nuggets and weighing their options. This is just standard basketball activity.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Alexis Ajinca and talent do not belong in the same sentence.

  • Veskit

    Ajinca played really well in limited minutes lately, so i would say he has the talent to become adecent backup

  • MikeC.

    This is just the Mavs organization doing their due dligence to see if they can get Melo for next to nothing.

  • dshawnfields

    dirk is the greatest player in the league and caron butler was a great move so f**k melo

  • dshawnfields

    dirk is the best player in the league why would they need melo they already win 50 games a season with melo they would only win about 8 extra games