Melo meeting lasts two hours

July, 2, 2014
Jul 2
8:45
PM CT
DALLAS -- The third stop on Carmelo Anthony's free-agency tour was the shortest so far, as his meeting with the Dallas Mavericks lasted a little longer than two hours.

Anthony spent approximately nine hours with the Chicago Bulls' contingent on Tuesday, including dinner after a session at the United Center and tour of the team's under-construction facilities.

The perennial All-Star forward spent almost six hours with the Houston Rockets' recruiting committee, starting at the Toyota Center and continuing at lunch.

The Mavs' meeting with Anthony, who will visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday before listening to the New York Knicks' pitch to re-sign him, occurred at owner Mark Cuban's mansion, a source said.

The Bulls and Rockets made public displays of their affection for Anthony, posting large, photoshopped signs outside their arenas of him wearing No. 7 in their respective uniforms.

There was no such pomp and circumstances from the Mavs. Dallas' meat-and-potatoes pitch emphasized the opportunity to contend immediately with elite coach Rick Carlisle, selfless star Dirk Nowitzki and a quality supporting cast featuring high-scoring guard Monta Ellis and defense-minded center Tyson Chandler. The Mavs also focused on the creativity and proven track record of the front office, stressing their plan to sustain a contender throughout Anthony's prime and ability to add at least one more major piece next summer.

The Mavs will wait on Anthony's decision, but sources told ESPN.com that Dallas is ready to move on quickly to Rockets restricted free agent Chandler Parsons or Luol Deng if it doesn't land Anthony.

Marc Stein | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9