The rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony, leaving the New York Knicks to sign with the Miami Heat began way before last season though it was only recently that people began taking them seriously.
If the Heat wanted to get crafty financially and LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh all decided to take somewhat of a significant pay cut, then yes, the Heat would actually have the available funds to sign a ‘fourth star’ (assuming the said player takes his own version of a pay cut).
Of course, that all seems rather unlikely, even to Miami Heat president of basketball operations, Pat Riley, who suggests that creating a ‘Big 4′ is a pipe dream.
But this is the same guy who convinced James, Wade and Bosh to all team together and take ‘less money’ and while he did suggest it was unlikely, Riley didn’t completely shut the door on such an idea, suggesting that anything is possible and nobody expected the Big 3 to join forces either.
All that said, Riley has a point. The chances of such a quadruple power forming isn’t very likely at all, though, it can’t be completely thrown out the window given it is financially feasible if all parties want to make it that way. Add in the rumors that Anthony would really like to play with James and it doesn’t seem completely outlandish to suggest such happening, despite the many roadblocks that appear to be in its way.
Bank on it happening? Hardly. But completely ignore the possibility? I wouldn’t go that far as the Miami Heat have already shown us not to discount what seems unobtainable.