UPDATE on Thursday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET by Adam Fromal
LeBron James has now weighed in on the Carmelo Anthony situation by, well, refusing to weigh in.
LeBron asked about Carmelo... "So, what happened? I missed that."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 13, 2014
LeBron: "obviously Melo has his own decision to make. Obviously it hasn't crossed my mind at this point of the season."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 13, 2014
Is he feigning ignorance? Is he completely tuning out everything due to the ongoing nature of the 2014 NBA Finals?
We'll never know.
What we do know, though, is that LeBron won't be earning any tampering fines, either for himself or his organization. Keeping your mouth shut at this time of year is a good decision.
--End of update--
If the Miami Heat are making a run at New York Knicks' forward Carmelo Anthony, that's apparently news to the Big Three. Chris Bosh isn't optimistic that the big-time acquisition will actually come to fruition, according to a tweet from Michael Wallace of ESPN:
Chris Bosh tells Miami Herald's Barry Jackson he, LeBron and Wade have never discussed bringing in Carmelo. "It's very, very unlikely."— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) June 12, 2014
That sounds somewhat inconsistent with what ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein recently reported:
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.
Signing Anthony would require Miami's Big Three to accept smaller contracts. Otherwise, the club wouldn't have enough room under the salary cap to ink Anthony (or any other star-caliber player).
As far as the probability of such a thing happening, Bosh may well be correct. It's unclear whether he knows something we don't or is simply speculating. Either way, adding Anthony to a roster already infused with the league's best talent would be a coup.
It would immediately elevate Miami to even greater heights thanks to an unprecedented degree of star power.
The 30-year-old averaged 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds this season and would give the Heat another inside-out option who could space the floor while also battling for boards and easy buckets on the interior. It doesn't take much of an imagination to know how dangerous the Heat would be with a fourth All-Star in the fold.
Part of the problem with actually making it happen may be the financial sacrifice it would require all four players to make. USA Today's Sam Amick breaks down the implications of such an arrangement:
A Big Four with the Heat (James, Wade, Bosh and Anthony) is possible, but it would require significant pay cuts from all involved. The Heat have about $8 million in payroll for next season if James, Wade and Bosh all opt out. It comes in handy that the salary cap is expected to increase by about $5 million next season to $63.2 million, while the luxury tax threshold is expected to be $77 million.
But where there's a will, there may well be a way.
ESPN New York's Stephen A. Smith reported, "Melo wants to play with LeBron James. And, from what I'm being told, LeBron James wants to play with Melo. Assuming circumstances are ideal for them to do so."
Can the circumstances come together? And more importantly, would it be in Miami alongside Bosh and Dwyane Wade?
All four players have already made their millions, so the sacrifices may be tolerable. There's little doubt the Heat would remain title contenders for the foreseeable future, and it's always a bad idea to bet against president of basketball operations Pat Riley.
Even if that seems like the safest bet at the moment.