Just two days before the NBA Draft, Mavericks fans are voicing a serious question:
With no first-round pick Thursday there wasn’t much buzz to begin with. But now – in case you somehow missed it – there are two big fish about to swim in the free-agent pond:
Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
While the draft takes place June 27, the NBA’s real fun begins July 1 with the start of free agency. The Mavericks have the salary-cap room to make a run at either of the perennial All-Star forwards. But we’ve been down this road before and, be honest, the chances of Dallas landing Anthony or James are slim at best.
Not because Mark Cuban is a shabby recruiter, but because – despite each opting out of their contracts – the smart money is on Anthony returning to the Knicks and LeBron staying put in Miami.
It’ll be a fun off-season for sure. And the Mavs – as they did with Deron Williams in ’12 and Dwight Howard in ’13 – will get a chance to make their best sales pitch.
I just won’t believe either star will play in Dallas in 2014 until I’m at their introductory press conference at American Airlines Center.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.