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Mavericks May Be Dark Horse In Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes

Everybody knows that Carmelo Anthony is going to the New York Knicks before the trade deadline, right? That seems like the only logical conclusion based on all of the rumors that have been swirling over the past few weeks. The only team that can stop that conclusion from happening, according to Alan Hahn of Newsday, is the Dallas Mavericks.

At this point, a source with knowledge of the situation said the biggest -- and perhaps last -- remaining threat to the Knicks could be the Dallas Mavericks.

Though Mark Cuban hinted recently that he would be willing to trade for a superstar without an extension, the source said Anthony would be amenable to signing an extension with the Mavs, who are already a championship contender and yet have a huge hole at small forward after the injury to Caron Butler.   

Nobody really knows how serious the Mavericks are about acquiring Carmelo Anthony, so we don't know if they would be willing to make that trade. But it seems like they have at least had enough conversations with the Nuggets for their interest to be noteworthy. The fact that signing an extension is up in the air probably means that his value is a little bit lower to the Mavericks than he is to a team like the Knicks, with whom an extension is guaranteed. That means the Nuggets could probably get more from the Knicks than the Mavs. So yeah, he is probably going to the Knicks.

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