James' reputation was dragged through the mud after he joined forces with two of the best players in the NBA during the summer of 2010. Wade is no longer a top 5 or top 10 player anymore. But it's fair to say that he can be a top 5 player on certain nights, and he's for sure a top 15-20 player in the NBA today. Bosh on the other hand has been very inconsistent, and that's his story, besides the fact that he's scared of the paint.
But what if Melo actually joins forces with the super friends in Miami? What's that say about these guys, or even more LeBron? What happened to this thing called competitive balance after the lame ass lockout? This is not the type of move that the league needs. It doesn't mean automatic championships, but in the Eastern Conference? You can expect Miami in the Finals every single year.
I think this report suggests that Riley understands that Wade is nearing the end of being a dominant player. It also hints that he knows that this team can not win with a bunch of old guys like Lewis, Battier, and Ray Allen. I truly hope the Heat split, and LeBron goes back to Cleveland. See what you can do there without the Heat James.
So can this really happen with the recent salary cap structure? Each player could take home around $13-14 million per season, and that will allow this to happen. All these guys make 20 million a year, so that's not a massive pay drop. Knowing that these guys do commercials, have shoe deals, and other avenues to earn money.
The Miami Heat's immediate focus remains overcoming a 2-1 NBA Finals deficit to the San Antonio Spurs, but discussions have begun within the organization about trying to grow their so-called Big Three into a Big Four, according to sources close to the situation.
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 Heat also are prevented from making any formal contact with Anthony until July 1 and can do so then only if he opts out of the final year of his current contract. Anthony has until June 23 to notify the Knicks of his intentions, according to sources.