When it came out that the Lakers had huge plans for a free agent haul this summer we all sort of chuckled. Yesterday it came out that the Miami Heat have even bigger summer plans and they aren’t quite as funny.
ESPN is reporting that the Heat’s front office is actively looking for ways to add Carmelo Anthony to their already championship quality roster.
“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 key here is “and the team’s leading players” which means LeBron, Dwade, Bosh are likely in on the plans. This also means they are probably actively recruiting as there are no rules against tampering for the players in the NBA, only front office personnel.
Any potential deal would include all three Heat players opting out of their current deals and taking a pay cut to make room for Anthony, who would need to take a massive pay cut as well. LeBron should have no issue taking a pay cut, as the story also reports that he probably brought in at least $30 million in the Beats Music sale to Apple late last month. Ancillary Heat players like Udonis Haslem and Chris Anderson would also need to opt out of their current deals to make extra room as well (these two would likely return with decreased pay as well).
If they do pull this off, I just want them to sign Darko too, and start them all on opening night. Fuck it, if you’re going to piss the world off you might as well REALLY make them mad.