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Dirk Nowitzki: 'Carmelo Anthony to Dallas Mavericks isn't realistic'

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki admits that it is not "realistic" that New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will join the Texas side this off-season.

Dirk Nowitzki has said that Carmelo Anthony joining the Dallas Mavericks during this off-season is not "realistic".

The forward admitted earlier this week that he would "really love" the New York Knicks player, who is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract, to join the Mavericks.

However, the 36-year-old told ESPN: "Not really, 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."

Anthony averaged 27.4 points per game during the 2013-14 regular season.

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