Could Carmelo Anthony join Lebron James to create the Big Four?

LeBron James and the Heat snatched victory from the Knicks. Credit: Getty Images
LeBron James and the Heat could be looking to add Carmelo Anthony.
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Game 4 of the NBA Finals hasn’t even tipped off, but rumors are swirling that Carmelo Anthony, who will be walking away from his experiment with the Knicks in a few weeks, could be joining the Big Three to create a Big Four in Miami, with Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Of course, there would need to be some sacrifice on everyone’s pare. All three members of the crew would need to opt out, resign and leave tens of millions of dollars on the table.

Is this just a rumor? Or are there some teeth to it?

All three stars are either entering or in the midst of their 30s. Bringing in another scorer,  a minutes eater and a certified super star might help lessen the workload for the Heat’s current Big Three.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein insist it is a real possibility, but that the Heat remained focused on the task at hand regardless.

“That’s kind of like on the back burner right now,” James said during a Wednesday news conference, stressing his intense focus on beating the Spurs.

How much does this depend on the outcome of the Finals, which have the Heat trailing the Spurs two games to one?

Well, if the Heat go down, it is expected that James could explore a new avenue, perhaps the up and coming Cavaliers who are loaded with young talent. Or the Brooklyn Nets who have been courting him for years.

But if the Heat take their third straight title, James may be tempted to leave a little money (that he can make back in endorsements anyway), bring in Anthony, and go for a four-peat.

Whether this rumor will have legs once the Finals ends is anyones guess. But the timing of the news is certainly interesting.

The Heat, and the rest of the league, will be able to ink Anthony starting on July 1.

Follow Philadelphia sports editor Evan Macy on twitter @Evan_Macy



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