LeBron to the Mavs?! Carmelo to the Mavs?! Hold Your Horses. | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

LeBron to the Mavs?! Carmelo to the Mavs?! Hold Your Horses.



    Miami Heat forward LeBron James listens to a question during a news conference after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the San Antonio Spurs, on Sunday, June 15, 2014, in San Antonio. The Spurs won the NBA championship 104-87. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Just two days before the NBA Draft, Mavericks fans are voicing a serious question:

    What draft?!

    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.