Miami Heat are in trouble after losing their star man LeBron James. It's hard to see them winning the NBA title next season now after the departure of King James to the Cleveland Cavaliers, so what can they do to rebound?
Not only have they lost a four-time league MVP to another NBA team, but they have lost thousands of Twitter followers in the wake of LeBron's decision. This is a great example of the Heat losing popularity, which could be fatal for the franchise. Something needs to be done by Miami President Pat Riley sooner rather than later, but what?
Miami Heat fans are used to winning now. Four seasons with LeBron James and the Big Three, including Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, have left them greedy. The Heat reached four consecutive NBA Finals with James in their side, winning two championships in that time.
It looks like the Heat will retain the services of Wade for next season and beyond, but they could lose Chris Bosh as well as the already departed LeBron. So to avoid falling off a cliff during the 2014/15 NBA season, the Heat need to make a big signing.
As ESPN reported this week, the only option that makes sense for Carmelo besides staying with the Knicks is heading down to South Beach.
Carmelo is the league's second-leading scorer, and as such he would act as a great replacement for LeBron. Of course, he wouldn't make them into a certain title contender, but he would at least have them in the reckoning. Plus, a signing of his calibre would immediately appease Heat fans distraught at the loss of their King.
The move would not just be great for the Heat, it would also be a huge move for Carmelo Anthony personally. Carmelo is known to be frustrated at the New York Knicks lack of success, so a move to the Heat would automatically elevate his chances of glory.
Carmelo's brand would also be better off playing for a team with a more global presence. And finally, if Houston Rockets sign Chris Bosh - which is extremely likely - Miami will be able to offer Anthony a max offer deal. And we know that would go down well.
When it boils down to it, Carmelo to the Heat makes absolute sense for both parties and it could just be the thing that saves Miami from oblivion.