Pat Riley won’t rest — and neither the other 29 teams in the NBA if the Miami Heat manage to get their paws on Carmelo Anthony. And according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, that’s the plan this summer.
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.
ESPN’s Stephen A Smith first reported on the possibility of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony playing together yesterday on First Take. He was right once, in 2010, when he was the first to report that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were going to all team-up and play for the Miami Heat.
I’m not sure if he’s going to be right again, in projecting an Anthony and James collaboration, but who am I to say otherwise? This guy knows Miami, apparently.
Be afraid, NBA. Be very afraid.