Even though the 2014 NBA Finals is still in full swing, the free agency rumors are beginning to swirl. The biggest by far is the recent one in which the Miami Heat are reportedly interested in bringing Carmelo Anthony to South Beach. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if the NBA wasn’t broken before, it will certainly be if Anthony does sign a deal to join forces with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The good news is fans can rest easy because there’s no way the signing will happen.
In order for the Heat to acquire Anthony, the Big Three will have to opt out of their current contracts and agree to cheaper deals that will allow the organization to open up some money to bring Anthony in. On top of that, they will have to get rid of other contracts that are on the current roster. That means that a supporting cast that has already taken a pay cut to play for the Heat will have to take another one if they wish to remain a part of the dynasty. If everyone agrees to a restructuring of their contracts, the Heat could have as much as $50 million in cap space to work with this summer.
As promising as that sounds, the biggest reason Anthony will not opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks is because of his salary. The superstar signed a megadeal that allows for a $23.7 million player option this year. The number alone is the reason why there’s no way Anthony will leave New York in the offseason. There’s no reason to take less money to become a free agent early when he can enjoy the 2014-15 season, and then sign another huge deal next summer.
From Miami’s point of view, the last thing they need is to mess with the chemistry the players have established over the past four years. In theory, bringing in Anthony would improve the Heat’s chances of becoming the greatest dynasty the NBA has ever seen. On the other hand, James, Wade and Bosh have led the team to four straight NBA Finals with a chance to win their third in a row. The last thing any of the players want is to do is something that will hurt their chances going forward.
There’s clearly a good chance Anthony will sign with the Heat simply because it’s a great opportunity for him. However, I don’t see it happening, which is good for the NBA. Not to mention, it will be better for the legacy of the players as James would never be able to live it down that it required four of the first five selections in the 2003 NBA Draft class for him to match Michael Jordan’s six championship rings.