The Miami Heat want to go after Carmelo Anthony this summer
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If you disliked “The Decision,” hated when Bosh joined Miami to create “The Big 3,” and really hated when Jesus joined the crew, then the thought of Carmelo Anthony taking his talents to South Beach must really make your blood boil.
According to ESPN,
Heat officials and the team’s leading players have already started to explore their options for creating sufficient financial flexibility to make an ambitious run at adding New York Knicks scoring machine Carmelo Anthony this summer in free agency.
The mere concept would require the star trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to all opt out of their current contracts by the end of the month and likely take further salary reductions in new deals that start next season to give Miami the ability to offer Anthony a representative first-year salary. The Heat also are prevented from making any formal contact with Anthony until July 1 and can do so then only if he opts out of the final year of his current contract. Anthony has until June 23 to notify the Knicks of his intentions, according to sources.
Melo has until the 23rd of this month to let the Knicks know whether he plans to opt in or out of the final year of his contract. Phil Jackson and new coach Derek Fisher want him to stay but how do you say no to this image.
But the big question is how likely is it that Melo joins the Heat’s Big Three? Here’s a few answers from some folks at ESPN.
Elhassan: As much as I love a great story and a healthy dose of optimism, I’m going to say this has a 5 percent chance of happening. There are just too many moving parts, from the Big Four all opting out to take massive discounts, to Udonis Haslem opting out of his last big check of his career, to having to maneuver enough leftover cash to fill out the roster. It would take heavy sacrifices from roughly seven to nine players to make this happen.
Haberstroh: Slim. They might be good friends, but they’d have to be basically family in order to be willing to leave that much dough on the table. There are only a few players that make sense, from a talent and fit standpoint, to make the discount worth it. And Melo ain’t one of them.
Strauss: I think it’s 54.3 percent likely. Okay, that’s a totally arbitrary, oddly specific number. I do think it’ll happen, though, just because there seems to be a will and a way. I know pay cuts would have to be involved, but many people would take a pay cut to work with their friends.
Thorpe: It is just a possibility now. Remember, there are other teams with All-Stars who need a little more help to elevate their status, and the Knicks are not expected to want to start over.
Windhorst: I cannot fathom the pay cuts it would require. But I cannot fathom being in a position where someone has earned $100 million in salary by his early 30s to make the salary less relevant.