Miami Heat star Chris Bosh told Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson that it’s “very unlikely” that Carmelo Anthony joins the Big Three.
“I think that’s very, very unlikely,” Bosh said of a Big Four scenario.
ESPN reported that the Heat have discussed options to acquire Anthony to partner him with Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
From the ESPN report: “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.”
If Anthony does not opt out of his Knicks contract in the coming days, he would earn $23.3 million next season. He must inform the Knicks by June 23 whether he’s opting out.
If the Heat’s Big Three doesn’t exercise early termination clauses this summer, James and Bosh would earn $20.59 million each next season and Wade $20.04 million. They must let the Heat know by late June.
Before we go any further, it’s important to note that all would need to take huge pay cuts to make room for Anthony in Miami next season, presuming all of them expect comparable salaries. It’s tough to imagine that happening, but it would be foolish to completely rule it out, either, because crazy things sometimes happen.