Is Carmelo Anthony headed to Miami this summer?
Two of the top NBA writers at the World-Wide Leader are reporting that Anthony, the Miami Heat, and the Heat's big three have begun behind the scenes talks about getting the 2013 NBA scoring champion to join the fun on South Beach.
Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts this summer and become free agents, and the if the Heatles each void the remaining two years on their contracts, Miami would have just over $8 million in salary committed to next season.
This works in the Heat's favor because they'd have a good deal of money to spend, but how much less than $23 million for Carmelo, and just over $20 million for the other three players, would they be willing to take?
With the Heat having paid into the luxury tax each of the past three seasons, they'll likely be asking the big three if they'd could take pay cuts anyway to keep the team together, but Miami could potentially avoid the tax line for two seasons, taking them out of the repeat offender pool for several years, much of what could be a very long run of championship contention.
If Melo does join the big three in Miami, and they were all to sign the same contracts, they would likely be in the range of five years and $70 million, to accommodate the salary cap restrictions, and potential luxury tax issues, at least for the first season or two.
It may sound like a crazy idea, but stars taking less money to join forces has happened, and it has worked out well before.