Carmelo Anthony doesn't have to come to Dallas to help the Mavericks.
Just as long as Anthony relocates to the Lone Star State.
The Mavs realize that the only realistic way the Houston Rockets would decline their right to match an offer to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons is if they replace him in the starting lineup with a perennial All-Star small forward. So, as much as they'd love to win the Melo derby, the second-best scenario would be seeing him join stars Dwight Howard and James Harden in Houston.
Should Anthony sign with the Rockets, the Mavs would swoop in and attempt to sign Parsons to a lucrative offer sheet.
The Rockets' leftovers in that case would be a phenomenal fit in the Mavs. The 25-year-old Parsons isn't a lockdown defender by any stretch of the imagination, but he's a skilled 6-foot-9 small forward who is a crafty passer, can create off the dribble and knock down 3-pointers.
It'd be quite a coup to get a player like that as he enters his prime. It's probably only possible for the Mavs if they get an assist from Anthony.