Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:27 pm

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Heat look 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 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.

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 financial 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).
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:39 pm

And here we got Stern'd for doing the same thing. I better see Comic Sans and Mark "Other side of the street" Cuban going crazy writing letters if this goes down.
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Postby therealdeal on Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:50 pm

^ This is even worse than what we were Stern'd for. We were Sterned because we had a plan stemming from our FO that played completely within the rules.

The Heat players are talking about devaluing themselves to get together in a major market. That sounds to me like something the NBA Player's association should not let happen. Not only does it devalue everybody's contracts, but it absolutely kills parity.

So what is it NBA? Are the major markets not allowed to stack up? Or are the LAKERS not allowed to stack up?
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:51 pm

This requires guys to take more of a paycut, and Bosh, who probably isn't chasing immortality the way LeBron is, may not. I can see him leaving for a bigger payday.

As for Melo, I think they're looking to replace Wade, who looks cooked this finals series. Melo wants to be paid, so I doubt a huge paycut works for him.

The bottom line is that this is all about LeBron and his legacy. Does everyone really want to sacrifice for his legacy?
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby dmaul on Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:59 pm

They took a pay cut to get together to win the first time around. And they've won, so it was a success. I would be surprised if they took an even bigger paycut to accommodate a fourth star, especially since this may be their last chance for a big payday. I'm sure they were envious when they saw how much Kobe got. I'd imagine, in the big three's minds, they think they're good enough to keep this ball rolling just by upgrading their supporting cast and they should continue to get paid at around the same level. Why take a significant pay cut for Melo when we can get the job done as is?
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby Lakerjones on Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:58 pm

Collusion and steroids and watered down competition because of a horrible CBA that punished the small market teams despite all rhetoric to the contrary. What a legacy for the CHEAT.
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Postby John3:16 on Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:07 pm

Lakers can't have CP3, but Miami can have Melo.

Makes sense.
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby Frank Dux on Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:10 pm

I'd be done with the NBA if Melo goes to the Heat. I'm already sick of the G.O.A.T. talk regarding Lebron after he had to team up with two superstars. Can you imagine the talk when Melo signs and the Heat 3-4 peat? Yeah no thanks, back in the day superstars won with a good supporting cast, and a complimentary all star. Not a supporting cast of 3 top 15 players.

Melo to Miami would kill the NBA. People wouldn't want to watch anymore and rightfully so.
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Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:17 pm

My interest in the NBA would seriously decline if that went down. Miami would be guaranteed to be in the finals so the Eastern Conference regular season and playoffs would be worthless to watch. I'd watch the Lakers games and that would be it.
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby dj vitus on Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:23 pm

If James and the gang are making good financial investments outside the NBA, what's holding them back from taking a paycut and colluding to get Anthony aboard?
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:38 pm

dj vitus wrote:If James and the gang are making good financial investments outside the NBA, what's holding them back from taking a paycut and colluding to get Anthony aboard?


Lebron is fine. But is Bosh? I don't think he makes too much outside of basketball. The guy gave up tens of millions before and I just can't envision him doing it again. He's over 30 and has his rings. He needs to cash out and think about his family. I mean just look at Kobe. The guy is worth hundreds of millions and still chose more money over possibly winning more rings.
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:43 pm

I think if Miami doesn't win it all this year, their perfect scenario would be to replace Wade with Melo, but Wade is Miami royalty and i can't envision him going elsewhere. So they are kind of stuck with Wade, who seems to have lost noticeable explosion even from last year. So having said that, is it that far fetched to see Lebron going to NY and teaming with Melo with the hopes that PJ can nab a great 3rd wheel? You can't underestimate the PJ and Fish factor.
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby thkthebest on Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:58 pm

Lets Go Lakers wrote:
dj vitus wrote:If James and the gang are making good financial investments outside the NBA, what's holding them back from taking a paycut and colluding to get Anthony aboard?

Lebron is fine. But is Bosh? I don't think he makes too much outside of basketball. The guy gave up tens of millions before and I just can't envision him doing it again. He's over 30 and has his rings. He needs to cash out and think about his family. I mean just look at Kobe. The guy is worth hundreds of millions and still chose more money over possibly winning more rings.

Bosh said that he is definitely staying in Miami and is willing to take a paycut to stay there.

But yea, words are one thing. Things change when you see the cash.
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:10 pm

thkthebest wrote:
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dj vitus wrote:If James and the gang are making good financial investments outside the NBA, what's holding them back from taking a paycut and colluding to get Anthony aboard?

Lebron is fine. But is Bosh? I don't think he makes too much outside of basketball. The guy gave up tens of millions before and I just can't envision him doing it again. He's over 30 and has his rings. He needs to cash out and think about his family. I mean just look at Kobe. The guy is worth hundreds of millions and still chose more money over possibly winning more rings.

Bosh said that he is definitely staying in Miami and is willing to take a paycut to stay there.

But yea, words are one thing. Things change when you see the cash.


I think Bosh is dying to be "the man" again and put up 20/10 every night while he's still got something left. The guy sacrificed so much the last 4 years, doing something many others in his position probably wouldn't have done. He would've put up about 22/10 these past 4 years had he been the main guy. He got his rings. No way he takes another huge paycut just for rings.
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Postby Balance&Options24 on Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:31 pm

If this happens, forget the Heat index. ESPN will dedicate a channel to Lebron and the Heat.
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Postby wcsoldier81 on Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:38 pm

They need to change the name of the franchise to "Miami Friends" if this happens ...

Melo would probably [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] their chemistry up
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Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:00 am

It took a year for Miami's big 3 to get their chemistry together. And that happened because Wade gave up and handed the team to LeBron.

Melo may say that LeBron's the man, but he's still going to take more shots. :man10:
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Postby wcsoldier81 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:55 am

^^^^ "The construction" :" I decided to take my bricks to South Beach"
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Postby Magic Skywalker on Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:46 am

I can't really see Melo doing this, honestly. I'm sure he is pretty desperate for some Playoffs success, but I don't see Melo as the type of player who would take a paycut being 30 years old just to join a Super Friends Squad. And this is not a bash at Melo for choosing money over rings. I do think the correct thing is to choose money because doing this Super Friends things really kills the competitiveness and the system of the league.

I don't see Melo as the type of guy who would take the paycut just to take a "shorcut" to the Championship.
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:41 am

I think most players would take a shortcut to a title if they could, but the money speaks louder.
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Postby kenzo on Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:52 am

V.V.V.V.V. wrote:I think most players would take a shortcut to a title if they could, but the money speaks louder.

This times 1000000. If they are willing to take a huge paycut to play together then fine.
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby abeer3 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:19 am

I have zero respect for LeBron and wade for showing no competitive spirit in 2010, and i'll have even less for all this time around.

we've been over this before, but guys like kobe, magic, bird, mj...they wouldn't have done this.
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:40 am

abeer3 wrote:I have zero respect for LeBron and wade for showing no competitive spirit in 2010, and i'll have even less for all this time around.

we've been over this before, but guys like kobe, magic, bird, mj...they wouldn't have done this.


You don't know that for sure. Magic came into a great situation and had a stacked team from the get go. Same with Larry Bird. And Jordan had Pippen and Grant a couple of years after he entered the league. Kobe had Shaq then Gasol.

Who did LeBron have in Clev? Mo Williams? The guy took a bunch of scrubs and helped them overachieve for years. You really don't know what these guys would've done in the same situation as LeBron. I mean he was playing in Clev of all places? LOL. That's like the worst place to play in the NBA. His legacy was on the line. He had played 7 years and there was no light at the end of the tunnel. He took his future into his own hands instead of hoping that management would be able to get another star. And I can't blame him for it. And we just don't know what these other greats would've done in the same situation.
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Re: Miami Heat look to target Carmelo Anthony

Postby Balance&Options24 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:30 am

I wondered what a Kobe in his prime big 3 would be. Lebron joined forces with probably the 2nd best sg and the 3rd or 4th best pf of at time. What would a 26 year old Kobe and the 2nd best sf (Tmac) and a 3rd or 4th best pf at the time would be. And now with the heat targeting melo, who is still probably the 3rd best sf in the league add 3rd best player at their position at the time of Kobe's prime,

Something like
Kobe
TMac
Dirk
Another player
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Postby abeer3 on Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:33 am

you've chosen the wrong argument. i never said he had to stay in cleveland. i said it was a puss move to join with two other top 15 nba players in their prime rather than compete against them. i forgive bosh a bit because he was always best suited to a supporting role. but if james and wade are as good as they say they are, they should have competed against each other. period.

and, yes, i think i do know that magic and bird wouldn't have joined forces. or magic and isiah, or whatever. this stuff was unheard of before 4 years ago.

others can see it their way, but i'll always view lebron's titles with the heat as kind of cheap compared to other all-time greats.
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