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    Heat looking to target Carmelo Anthony

    MIAMI -- The Miami Heat's immediate focus remains overcoming a 2-1 NBA Finals deficit to the San Antonio Spurs, but discussions have begun within the organization about trying to grow their so-called Big Three into a Big Four, according to sources close to the situation.

    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 then only if he opts out of the final year of his current contract.

    But the success of the Heat's 2010 free-agent bonanza has established them as the NBA's undisputed destination franchise, with owner Micky Arison empowering big-thinking team president Pat Riley to attempt to pull off another coup in the market despite new collective bargaining agreement rules aimed at preventing it.

    Sources say internal conversations within the Heat organization about pursuing this course have run concurrently with Miami's bid to win a third consecutive championship, with sources adding that James in particular is likely to try to recoup potential salary sacrificed through fresh off-court business opportunities if the Heat's new dream scenario does come to fruition.

    James' off-court business is booming thanks to a string of investments paying off massively and the prospect of new opportunities in endorsements and entertainment projects promising to expand his wealth significantly in coming years.

    In a recent example, while James was leading the Heat to a victory over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, sources say the 29-year-old was finalizing what is believed to be the biggest equity cash payout for a professional athlete in history as part of Apple's recent $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics. Sources briefed on the situation say James realized a profit of more than $30 million in cash and stock in the Beats sale after he had struck a deal to get a small stake in the company at its inception in 2008 in exchange for promoting its high-end headphones.

    With cooperation from their stars and role players Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen, who also possess player options for next season, the Heat could open up in excess of $50 million in cap space this summer and have the most flexibility in the league. The only Heat player locked into place for next season is Norris Cole at a salary of $2 million, though Riley will have to contend with a handful of cap holds for pending free agents as well as their upcoming first-round pick in the draft later this month (No. 26 overall).

    http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2014...ny-free-agency

    As an NBA fan, enough is enough. Does Lebron really need another superstar to win a title? Ridiculous.

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    yup thats what the NBA needs

    props to vick27m

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    RUDY

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    Melo would not work with that team, lmao.

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    Melo, Bron and Bosh would be deadly.

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    Watch the heat fans consider him a top 5 player if he joins

    I've said it here first, Melo will be a Heat




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    Get Darko and you got the top 5 picks in the 03 draft

    Lebron/wade/melo/bosh/Darko dynasty "check to see it works on 2k"
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    I hear Dirk, Bledsoe, Stevenson, and Gasol are available to upgrade the bench this summer as well.

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    i cant see all 4 of them taking the salary to make it work,its just too much of a pay cut...but i never discount anything with the heat after '10 ,so i guess its possible

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    I think LBJ, Wade and Bosh have each already given up enough money to win. Even Riley would be hard pressed to talk them into that.

    Melo might be down for it at this point, but the other guys are already have 2 or 3 (and maybe 3 or 4) rings. I think they'd each want to get paid this time around, and if the Heat aren't willing to do it, there are teams who would. The Knicks could do a sweet sign-and-trade to a team like Houston who is already a contender and get back some talent while pairing Melo with a younger core. I'm sure Melo would love to get paind AND contend, and he can do that.

    Bosh says he's staying, but if he gets a big enough offer....

    And if the Heat lose this time around, LBJ may look for a new landing destination.


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    The main reason I would be ok with this is because this would mean that LeBron will be here another 5 or 6 years at least, and that makes me happy.

    Would certainly be interesting if this comes to fruition. I wonder what kind of lineups we would put out onto the floor. A Melo-Bosh frontcourt isn't a lot of post D if that's what we went with
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    that would make them worse... lol why not just throw money at gortat or something he would make a much bigger impact than melo.

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    I would love to see him come back to NYC wearing a heat jersey.

    They would crucify him at the Garden

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    I really wouldn't watch basketball anymore

    steal of the draft cleanthony early

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    Quote Originally Posted by shep33 View Post
    I would love to see him come back to NYC wearing a heat jersey.

    They would crucify him at the Garden
    I'd buy really exspensive tickets and run on the court n hit him as hard as I could... Then provide to get tumbled by security and the heat players...spend a year in jail and be broke due to fines for the rest of my life...it would all be worth it and if I did go to prison I gaurentee I'd get respect

    steal of the draft cleanthony early

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