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Miami is targeting Carmelo Anthony

Anthony can decide to opt out by June 23rd.
Anthony can decide to opt out by June 23rd.
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Yes, you read that right. The Miami Heat are looking at the possibilities of expanding their "Big Three" into a "Big Four" by adding Carmelo Anthony via free agency this off season. Sources have said that Miami officials and players have already started looking at ways to reduce their salaries in order to have enough cap space to sign the star New York Knicks forward.

This would require LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to opt out of their current deals at the end of the month and sign a cheaper deal. The Heat are not allowed to contact Anthony until free agency officially starts on July 1st, and Anthony has until June 23rd to tell the Knicks whether or not he will be opting out of his contract.

With cooperation from their star players, as well as role players like Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen, the Heat could open up up to 50 million dollars in salary cap, while retaining the majority of their players, effectively giving them the most cap space available during this year's free agency. Miami only has Norris Cole under a guaranteed contract for next year, worth a cool two million dollars, and Miami will also have to contend with the salary hold of their first round pick in this years' draft. It's a complex thing to pull off between all of them, particularly within the big three since everyone else can take the veteran's minimum without it counting against the cap, but don't be surprised to see James, Wade and Bosh take the appropriate pay cuts to try to lure Anthony down to South Beach.

Knicks president Phil Jackson has attempted to persuade Anthony into opting in for his final season with the Knicks, and holding off unrestricted free agency until next year. The rest of the NBA is hoping Anthony stays far away from Miami.