Mavs aggressive in small-forward market

Small forward tops the Dallas Mavericks’ summer shopping list.

Houston’s Chandler Parsons, Cleveland’s Luol Deng, Washington’s Trevor Ariza and Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce are among the small forwards that the Mavs registered interest during the opening hours of free agency.

All of those players are expected to have several suitors, and the Rockets have the right to match any offers for Parsons because of his status as a restricted free agent. Those small forwards are also fallback plans for the Mavs if they fail to successfully recruit one of the available superstars.

The Mavs have a meeting scheduled with Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday afternoon. They are one of five teams Anthony plans to visit.

The Mavs are also attempting to set up a meeting with LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul.

The Mavs remain interested in re-signing Shawn Marion, but they are aggressively trying to replace him in the starting lineup.