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.



    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.