The internet hasn’t rested since ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst revealed the Miami Heat would attempt to add Carmelo Anthony to their already superstar-laden core this summer as he expects to test free agency. It’d take Anthony, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh cutting their salary by a lot to make it happen and with the four being best friends, there’s no telling what these four could cook up as the Heat look to rebuild and reload for the future.
Prior to Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Miami Heat superstar Lebron James says a possible “Big 4″ hasn’t crossed his mind.
LeBron on Melo-gate, “Obviously Melo has his own decision to make. Obviously it hasn’t crossed my mind at this point of the season.”
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 13, 2014
In the last four years, the Miami Heat have already been difficult to beat, especially when Dwyane Wade is healthy enough to remind us all he’s a superstar. Adding Carmelo Anthony to the lineup would be downright unfair. Offensively, he’d resemble his Olympic self, iso’ing the ball less and spot-up shooting more. It rattles the mind just thinking of seeing four of, possibly, the top 15 players in the NBA on the same roster in their primes or just on the outside of their prime (Wade).
But the odds of this happening can’t be too high. As always, the past sets the precedent for what to expect from NBA athletes in the future, and based on Carmelo Anthony’s past, it’s hard to see him turning down nearly $60 million dollars to play basketball with his friends. The same could be said for Dwyane Wade who has yet to hint at a pay cut as the Heat need to revamp their roster with Shane Battier retiring, Mario Chalmers an unrestricted free agent, and Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem, James Jones, and Ray Allen fighting with father time.
The summer was already expected to be interesting, but with this possible roster assortment happening, all eyes will be on Carmelo Anthony come summer time.