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NBA Trade Rumors: Only The Dallas Mavericks Stand In Between Carmelo And The New York Knicks.

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The only thing that could keep Carmelo Anthony from becoming a New York Knick? 

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The Dallas Mavericks, according to this source.

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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.

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"The only way Melo doesn't come to New York is if [Mark] Cuban makes a play," that source said.

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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.

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The main issue, however, is that Dallas has even less to offer the Nuggets than the Knicks. The Mavs are searching for a third team to help them, with Roddy Beaubois, who has just returned from injury, as bait. But a source with knowledge of the Mavericks' thinking said he'd "be shocked if [Carmelo] came" to Dallas, but did say Cuban is unpredictable. But Beaubois, the source said, has been deemed untouchable.

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With the trading deadline quickly approaching, the rumors will undoubtedly be increasing by the day. And seeing the Mavericks linked to Carmelo again is no surprise. However, it's hard to see this as anything but a negotiating ploy by the Nuggets to pry the coveted Danilo Gallinari away from the New York Knicks.

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And if Beaubois is considered untouchable for Carmelo..... I don't know what to say.

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