If you already have an issue with the Miami Heat because of the Big Three, the latest of the NBA rumors will make your blood boil. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Miami Heat are beginning a plan to attempt to turn the Big Three into the Big Four by adding New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.
Sources told ESPN.com that 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.
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By adding Carmelo Anthony to the roster that already includes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat would have a team that would be impossible for anyone else in the league to match up with.
Of course, they would still lack a dominant big man and a deep bench, but the star-studded line up would raise expectations even more.
Whether or not the Heat can actually find a way to land Carmelo Anthony remains to be seen, but if they can clear enough room it would be hard to imagine Anthony not taking a little bit less than his market value to join a team that would be the odds on favorite to win another NBA title.