The Miami Heat have had some pretty solid success ever since they brought together their “Big Three” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Four straight trip to the NBA Finals, kind of “solid” success.
Miami fans might want to start bracing for even more of that.
Per ESPN.com, the Heat’s big three have already started “to explore their options” for creating enough salary cap room to try to land New York Knicks superstar forward, Carmelo Anthony. Yeah, things could get crazy.
Just when we thought the Heat were sickly stacked with the guys they have, adding an elite scorer like Melo to the mix could really shake things up. Realistically, the Heat would suddenly be a broken down version of the USA Olympics squad. All they would be missing is a true star at the point guard position.
For this to happen, it looks like James, Wade and Bosh would all have to opt out of their current deals to restructure their contracts so there would be enough room to sign Anthony.
Anthony is already looking at a June 23rd deadline where he can pick up a one-year option to remain with the Knicks for the 2014-15 season. If he passes on that option, he’d become an unrestricted free agent and would be free to sign with any team he wants to.
For the longest time, it had looked like staying in New York was the likely end result, but teams like the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls have grown to be serious possibilities. Both of those teams appear built to win at a high level right now and could be one megastar away from taking the next step.
It’s anyone’s guess as to how valid this report really is, as Melo taking a backseat to anyone (even James) doesn’t really fit his personality. However, it’s also entirely possible he has come to terms that he can’t win in New York and that going anywhere else other than Miami would still have him going up against the formidable Heat.
With Anthony, the Heat would have a much better stretch four than they’ve been using (Rashard Lewis of late), while defenses would no longer be able to focus on just Wade or James. His presence would at the very worst give the Heat elite scoring from the spots, while Bosh and reserve Ray Allen would be free to shoot open jumpers on a nightly basis. While far from a lock, Anthony to the Heat is a very real and very scary scenario for the rest of the NBA.