DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks got their turn to recruit free agent Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony spent Tuesday visiting Chicago and Wednesday morning in Houston. Both of those teams decorated their arenas with photos of Melo wearing their jerseys. There was nothing like that ouside the American Airlines Center Wednesday afternoon. ESPN Dallas reports that the Mavericks' meeting with Anthony took place at Mark Cuban's house and lasted about two hours.
Cuban said Saturday during a radio interview that the Mavericks aren't going to pay any free agent max money, which is four years and about $90 million.
Mavs president and GM Donnie Nelson did an interview with WFAA Sunday night and talked about what the Mavs do have to offer, if not a max contract. Nelson says the recruiting pitch starts with the chance to play next to Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler.
"Certainly we have the cap room," Nelson said. "Dallas warm weather, tax-free, incredible fan base."
If the Mavericks do get Anthony, they're getting a scorer and guy who commands the ball on offense and scores. The last two years, no one in the NBA has attempted more shots per game than Anthony.
His reputation as a me-first guy has fans are split on whether they want Anthony in a Mavericks uniform.
"We would be better with Carmelo," said Kyle Henry, a Mavs fan. "And with Rick Carlisle as the coach, his veteran leadership is what could help keep Carmelo in check."
"The way I look at it, if Dirk wants him, it's a good deal," said Chris Turner, the general manager at Humperdink's in Addison. "We brought in Tyson Chandler to shore up the defense, so why not get somebody who can fill it up on the other end?"
"It's not going to happen, let him stay in New York," said Jason Crear, a server at Humperdink's. "He's a virus, he would be a virus against us. I don't want him, sorry."
Anthony will visit the Lakers Thursday and after that, talk to the Knicks about re-signing with them.