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Mavericks Set To Enter Carmelo Sweepstakes

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According to Ken Berger,  the Dallas Mavericks are prepared to make a bid for Carmelo Anthony. 

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Despite his team’s emergence as one of the powers of the Western Conference -- and, as Dallas proved Monday night in Miami, the whole league -- owner Mark Cuban is said to be not only willing to take a chance on Anthony, but eager to steal him from the Nets, who are owned by his billionaire rival, Mikhail Prokhorov. In a deal that would provide Denver with little more than future savings, the Mavs are planning what one rival executive described as a “hard” push. 

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Carmelo has long been rumored to end up on the east coast playing in either New York or New Jersey.  Of course, that's contingent on a contract extension. Neither team appears to be willing to trade the necessary pieces with no contract in place. Berger suggests that this would be no problem for the Mavericks as they would look at Melo as a "rent a player. "

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As for the proposed deal? Expirings.

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Any Dallas proposal would have to include the expiring contracts of Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson. More money would need to be added -- Tyson Chandler? -- or a third team would need to be recruited in order to take Harrington and/or Billups off Denver’s hands. 

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Obviously, expiring contracts may not tempt the Nuggets enough.

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So, what about Beaubois?

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It is not clear whether or not the Mavericks would be willing to deal him in any such deal. 

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If I could keep Tyson out of this deal and the Nuggets insist on Roddy.... I would have to give him up. Even if it is for half a season.

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The opportunity to add Carmelo to this team is too tantalizing to ignore.

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Make no mistake, this is a long shot and the Nuggets may just as well keep Carmelo through the trading deadline,  but if they need a team willing to take on Carmelo with no strings attached- the Mavericks will be more than willing to accommodate them.

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