HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

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Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the parties have mutually agreed to put off the finishing touches on their weeks-long negotiations until after the chance to make their recruiting pitch directly to Anthony, who ranks as Dallas' No. 1 free-agent target besides Nowitzki. The Mavericks and Nowitzki have been negotiating for some time, sources said, because the parties strongly contemplated hammering out a contract extension before June 30 -- such as the Memphis Grizzlies did with Zach Randolph -- to prevent the former NBA Finals MVP from even reaching the open market. ESPN.com

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Dirk Nowitzki isn't holding his breath on the Dallas Mavericks landing Carmelo Anthony. When asked about how realistic it would be to see Anthony in a Mavs uniform on Friday in preparation for his Heroes Celebrity baseball game, Nowitzki gave a realistic answer. "Not really," Nowitzki said. "Somebody in his camp brought up the Mavericks first. It's not like we brought him up. If we're actually on his radar then it's great. Then, we obviously have to look at it. Like I've said, he's obviously one of the most explosive scorers that we have in this league. If a player like that has your team on the radar, [president of basketball operations] Donnie [Nelson] and [owner] Mark [Cuban] obviously have to look at it. Do I think it's realistic? No. You've got to explore all of your options." ESPN.com

While it sounds unlikely the Mavs will get Anthony, Nowitzki is still making his way to the Big Apple next week. He plans on attending former teammate Steve Nash's charity soccer game. This will be the first time that Nowitzki has been able to participate in Nash's event. Nowitzki could be in the same general location as Anthony just as free agency is about to begin. Does that mean he could take part in some recruiting? "I don't think so," Nowitzki said. "I'm just going to enjoy my time and play some soccer. I don't think recruiting is part of the plan yet." ESPN.com

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