Will Miami Heat opt not to pursue Carmelo Anthony this summer?

Keith Schlosser

Fresh off suffering a loss in the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat will have their hands full while attempting to retain the likes of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade this summer.

With so much already on the team’s plate, a pursuit of Carmelo Anthony and subsequent formation of of a Big Four is all but “a pipe dream,” according to Pat Riley. (Lawrence, June 19). 

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

The Knicks are expected to have plenty of competition for Anthony’s services, but perhaps the Heat won’t be included on the short list of top contenders the star happens to consider.

Following the loss to the Spurs, James and co. may look to move on following four Finals appearances and two championship victories. Been there, done that. It may be time for a new opportunity, such as proving they can each win on their own while leading a team to greatness once again.

Even if the Big Three opt to remain together, further hometown discounts may not be in the cards. In the summer of 2010, the trio came together while each individual was still relatively young. Each player bought into the idea that a chance at multiple NBA titles was worth sacrificing a bit more financial gain over the next few years.

Despite the wins, financial security may be all the more important for the Big Three as each member gets older. They’ve accomplished greatness, coming together to win big. With such an achievement under each one’s belt, perhaps it’s time for them to cash in on such glory.

If they choose to do that while staying together in Miami, there won’t be necessary money to go around for Anthony.

Should the Heat bow out of the pursuit of Anthony before it actually begins, New York will still have its fair share of competition for his services. Convincing him to remain in the Big Apple won’t be an easy task, regardless of whether Riley and Big Three are active recruiters in the process or not.




48 comments
lobcity1
lobcity1

Wade and Bosh will not opt out. The only way Miami could get another star is if they trade one of their big 3.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer

Seem only question is what pick (late 1st? 2nd round?) will Phil be able to buy… I’d be shocked if NY does not swap $3MM cash for a pick


SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

KC Johnson @KCJHoop

There's interest on both sides for Carmelo-to-Bulls. But remember: At this time in '10, most had Bulls as faves for LBJ. Lot has to go right


KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Post should really be "Will everyone and their mother pursue Melo this Off-Season"

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

STAT IS BACK!:


“My goal next year is to have an All-Star caliber year to get back in the All-Star Game,” Stoudemire said recently on ESPN radio’s “Mike and Mike.” “And then be a great team player for my teammates in addition to contending for a championship.”

If Stoudemire does that, Derek Fisher will be a very happy man. Fisher needs to maximize what he has on the Knicks roster knowing that Phil Jackson probably won't make significant upgrades until 2015. So that means the Knicks will need help from what they already got. 


“My focus is at a high level right now,” Stoudemire said. “My body feels great and I’m out to prove the doubters wrong.”


http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/57290/amare-sets-goal-to-return-to-all-star-status

jax13
jax13

Not worried about heat with melo, I am concerned about bulls. Originally I was not because I thought they had to get rid of taj Gibson to get him but they do not.

Not a bad lineup n is ready to win now if rose is healthy, big if, Noah, Gibson, melo n butler

Questions are roses health, Thibs rift with front office n reinsdorf gonna spend.

johneco
johneco

What part of "pipe-dream" do you not understand?

jax13
jax13

He is called pat the rat in ny for a reason. I would not sleep on Riley. I don't think they will go after melo but keep him in rear view, he is still a snake and he can sell anything.

At this point, I am mostly worried about the bulls and melo.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

i think Wade opts out and takes 4 years 60 mil... that's 20 more mil than he's owed (~40 over 2 years)  for two more years..  Question is does Bosh do the same.  If he does then the heat can go out and get 2 decent players to take about 10 mil a piece. assuming Haslem retires that gives them a little more room..


Bosh can get 4 years 80 mil l in the open market from a losing team.  not sure if he bites.  maybe Riley trades him to Dallas for cap space if he becomes difficult.. but Bosh knows where "the decision" bodies are buried.


hopefully bosh leaves and tells all about how the heat and riley conspired for two years 2008-2010 to put together the Heatles.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Sandro Guedes  Yes.. Would be a good trade for Miami. I just don't see Bosh and D12 meshing. specially if Bosh wants to go back to the post.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@lobcity  Is not happening. The only one could be Bosh but his game has deteriorated so much that would not be many suitors for a PF 3 point specialist.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@SheSaidSpikeWho wait..   I thought conventional wisdom was that picks were more valuable and there would be none to buy.

johneco
johneco

@jax13  He's called Pat the rat by idiots who choose the loser Dolans over winner Riley. 

Yea, what a rat, he had the audacity to leave when Miami offered him total control and the Knicks stupidly didn't want to match, because the Dolans and their idiot cronies thought it was better if they kept control.  The results speak for themselves.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Hell no, he won't take any less than what he's getting now.

johneco
johneco

@BiggieTKB  Why would Haslem retire, he's only 34 and still playing?


Also, I think even if he does, the math doesn't work out to that much free space (2 x 10M)

lobcity1
lobcity1

Tony.

I think Bosh changed his game bc the way Mami plays but I think he could be a force in the post again if he wanted to.

jax13
jax13

He left the knicks in the middle of the night via fax like a coward n now he is urging his players to NOT do the same. Yep Miami was a better offer but he is selling Lebron on not jumping ship, did he not do that ? Plus pat the rat is a great name!

He could have stayed and honored his contract in ny and got us that chip but he bolted.

No need to call people idiots, people are allowed to have an opinion like I have of u right about now.

jax13
jax13

Heat fan trolling.......

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Sandro Guedes @Tony Fonseca Bosh is from Dallas.. not Houston.


Dont tell someone from Dallas that Hosuton is the same thing.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@lobcity  Yes and no... The NBA is a very competitive game that you cannot take time off like Bosh took 3 years off and comeback to the same gig.. The constant thing in the NBA is change...

johneco
johneco

@jax13  Sorry, you're right about the name calling.  And Pat the rat has a good ring to it I agree.  But this is a touchy subject for me.  Reports at the time were that he offered NY the chance to match, and we didn't.  I trace all the losing of the last 20 years to that decision - we had a hoop genius and let him go and replaced him with a procession of idiots.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Sandro Guedes @BiggieTKB @SheSaidSpikeWho Minny doesnt think so.. they arent answering the Celts calls.


Ill take Klay Thompson over a poo poo platter of picks any day.

jax13
jax13

No worries n I agree that they should have matched but he still left without honoring his contract and we still had time to go after a chip. Also the way he left was spineless. Not taking Dolans side cause he is a nightmare with meddling.

Riley is urging Lebron to have some guts n not to jump ship when he did that in a classless way via the colts or browns.

I think Riley is a genius basketball mind but he should never be questioning guys loyalties.....that's where I stand.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@jax13  Well I guess Riley is actually telling LeBron not to do it twice since he already did it once when he left Cle like Riley did it once when he left the Knicks. So I suppose once it OK but twice is a different story

theking
theking

@illmatix @theking @Sandro Guedes  melo should opt out and take less i have always said that. stat talks chips knowing we wont win with him making more then the star and producing way less ..

johneco
johneco

@Brian Webster @jax13  lol

Thou shalt not kill more than once