Jan 5, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots over New York Knicks power forward Andrea Bargnani (77) and small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Dirk Nowitzki wants to play with Carmelo Anthony

In each of the last two offseasons, the Dallas Mavericks have tried to make a big move.

Although they brought in solid players like Monta Ellis and Devin Harris and returned to the postseason in 2014, they missed out on the likes of Deron Williams and Dwight Howard.

This offseason, the Mavericks will again focus on making a big splash and could focus on landing New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, who can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. Mavericks’ forward Dirk Nowitzki, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent (but has said he will be re-signing with the Mavericks) believes the two would play well together.

“Listen I think I’e showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody,”  Nowitzki told the The Dallas Morning News. “The only tough season I think we’ve had is when we had (Antawn) Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same four-men, but other than that  I think I’ve shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I’ll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass — I’ll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner. If Carmelo would really love to come here, we’d love to have him, and if not, then we’re looking at some other options to make this franchise better and be a winner and be in the playoffs every year again. So whoever comes, whoever does decide to play with us, we’re more excited to have them.”

Nowitzki averaged 21.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 rebounds per game last season while shooting 49.7% from the floor, 39.8% from beyond the arc and 89.9% from the free throw line.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line.

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