Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) walks back to the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Miami Heat to Target Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency

While it seems crazy to think, the Miami Heat are actually looking into the possibility of signing Carmelo Anthony this offseason to pair him with LeBron James. In what started out as everyone thinking the Los Angeles Lakers were shouting things at themselves in the corner of the room, the idea of LeBron and Melo playing together is strting to catch on in a big way and the Heat are apparently looking seriously at making it happen.

According to Marc Stein from ESPN.com:

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.

Yeah, this is starting to get über-serious in South Beach.

Melo will likely command a max salary but could sign for less to play in Miami and win a ring. Reports earlier on Wednesday from ESPN New York suggested that the Knicks would be making a run at signing LeBron away from the Heat, which means we could see this offseason get very interesting on the East Coast.

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