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Bosh denies ESPN/Carmelo report; D. Jordan quandary; Examining how the Heat could fit Carmelo under the cap

A quick 3 p.m. update:

### As ESPN reported, the Heat is expected to at least explore the pie-in-the-sky scenario of acquiring Carmelo Anthony to partner with the Heat’s Big Three if Anthony opts for free agency by his June 23 deadline. The New York Daily News reported this afternoon that Anthony plans to opt out, barring a dramatic change of heart.

But Chris Bosh on Thursday denied an ESPN report that the team’s top players have already started to explore ways to create enough salary cap space to pull this off. In fact, Bosh said he, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have never once discussed the scenario of adding Anthony to the mix or how it can be accomplished. (It would require monumental pay cuts by all four.)

“I think that’s very, very unlikely,” Bosh said of such a Big Four scenario, with Anthony as the fourth.

Of Anthony possibly joining Miami, James said tonight: "Obviously, Melo has his own decision to make. That's not even crossed by mind at this point of the season."

The Heat views the Anthony scenario as a long shot but not out of the question.

ESPN's report said "the team's leading players have already started to explore their options for creating sufficient financial flexibility to make an ambitous run at Carmelo."

But Udonis Haslem doesn’t believe adding Carmelo is that far-fetched.

“It doesn’t seem unrealistic,” he said today. “There was a time nobody would have thought you could put this team together, with those guys taking pay cuts, and even myself taking a paycut. You can never say never.”

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN ON THIS POST FOR A DETAILED EXPLANATION ABOUT HOW THE HEAT COULD FIT CARMELO UNDER THE CAP

### Joe Philbin likes the idea of having Dion Jordan play special teams because “he’s a big guy that can run and is hard to block.” But Jason Taylor, a guest coach during the offseason program, told the Dolphins-owned radio show that there is “not a whole lot of time” to work with Jordan on pass rush moves because a lot of his practice time is being spent on special teams. That’s not ideal, obviously.

“Dion is bigger than me, more athletic than I am,” Taylor said. “He's going to be stronger. He's so willing to learn. Anything I tell him or suggest, he's like a sponge.”

### UM football is up to 14 oral commitments after landing two this week from Texas-based Drew Galitz (a punter who’s also rated the nation’s No. 2 kicker) and Venice, Fla., offensive lineman Tyler Gauthier. Eleven of those 14 recruits are rated three-star prospects by rivals.com; the others are four-star.

### Jacob Turner, 23, has allowed a .330 opposing batting average, combined with an awful 6.38 ERA, but the Marlins are in a quandary because he’s out of minor league options, and he likely would be claimed by another team if they expose him to waivers. But Andrew Heaney (3-0, 2.74 at Triple A) and perhaps Justin Nicolino (5-2, 3.29 ERA in Double A)  would seem like better rotation options.

### Dan Bylsma appears the best choice for the Panthers’ head coaching job; he made the playoffs each of his six seasons in Pittsburgh, won a Stanley Cup in 2008 and went 252-117-32 before being fired recently. But Panthers ownership was also very impressed by Detroit assistant Tom Renney in their meeting Thursday, even though Renney made the playoffs only three times in nine years as a head coach, with the Rangers, Vancouver and Edmonton.

 

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If you have, well, Internet access, you might have seen two stories tonight linking Carmelo Anthony to the Heat:

### A Stephen A. Smith story that Anthony and LeBron James have expressed a desire to play together before their careers end, and that they will look into teaming up if both end up on the open market in July 2015.

### Another ESPN.com story (by Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein) reporting 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” Anthony this summer.

If Anthony does not opt out of his Knicks contract in the coming days, he would earn $23.3 million next season. He must inform the Knicks by June 23 whether he’s opting out.

If the Heat’s Big Three doesn’t exercise early termination clauses this summer, James and Bosh would earn $20.59 million each next season and Wade $20.04 million. They must let the Heat know by late June.

Before we go any further, it’s important to note that all would need to take huge pay cuts to make room for Anthony in Miami next season, presuming all of them expect comparable salaries. It’s tough to imagine that happening, but it would be foolish to completely rule it out, either, because crazy things sometimes happen.

Bosh told me and others months ago he plans to stay with the Heat and he told ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard two weeks ago that he might be willing to take less money to stick around.

Wade strongly suggested to ESPN.com’s Mike Wallace last week that he does not feel obligated to opt out and take less money to keep the Big Three together.

Wade has told me previously he’s not sure he will opt out, won’t decide until after the Finals end, and that either scenario --- sticking to the last two years and $41 million of his contract --- or opting out for a longer deal --- would be appealing.

James declined to address his future when queried by an out of town reporter today, but an associate has said the Heat is the heavy favorite to keep him.

Also important to keep in mind: The salary cap is expected to rise from $58.6 million to $63.2 million.

So what would be the mechanics needed to fit Carmelo under the salary cap, along with the Big Three? Here’s how it would work:

### James, Wade and Bosh all would need to opt out of their contracts this summer. The Heat, if it tries to sign Anthony, would become a team operating under the cap rather than one over the cap. It would thus not be able to exceed the cap except to sign players to minimum-salary deals.

The Heat, in this scenario, would also have a room exception of $2.732 million, NBA salary cap expert Larry Coon tells us.

### The Heat would need to renounce all of its free agents (who haven’t already agreed to new deals) to clear their cap holds but could then immediately re-sign them to agreed-upon amounts, presuming they fit under the cap (or to minimum deals which can exceed the cap). When players are renounced, they lose their Larry Bird rights.

### The Heat has one player under a guaranteed contract for next season who has no early termination clause or player option: Norris Cole, at $2.15 million. Justin Hamilton has a non-guaranteed deal at $816,482.

Udonis Haslem has a player option for $4.6 million, which he assuredly will exercise unless the Heat talks him out of it by offering a multiyear deal at lower money. Chris Andersen has an option for $1.44 million.

### Let’s say Cole, Haslem and Andersen all return. Their salaries would add up to $8.14 million. Let’s say the Heat uses the 26th pick in the draft, which would come with a cap hold of just over $1 million. So that’s about $9.2 million.

### During the offseason, the league assesses an “incomplete roster charge” for any unfilled roster spots up to 12. So let’s say the Heat got the Big Three, Anthony, Cole, Haslem, Andersen and a first-round pick under contract.

That’s eight, meaning it would need to assess four “incomplete roster charge” cap holds of $507,336 --- the league’s minimum salary for rookies next season. That would add up to $11.2 million in cap commitments for Cole, Haslem, Andersen, the first-round draft pick and four roster holds. It would be about $300,000 more if the Heat keeps around Hamilton.

If you subtract $11.2 million from the projected cap of $62.3 million, that would leave $51 million to be split up among the Big Three and Anthony. If each agreed to take the same amount, that would be $12.75 million per player --- which would represent more than a $10 million paycut for Anthony, $7.3 million for Wade and $7.8 million for Bosh and James.

It would be slightly less money for the Big Three and Anthony if Hamilton stays on the cap.

To keep this going for three years or more, each of the Big Three and Anthony would lose tens of millions of dollars compared with what they would make if they signed max deals.

### A bit more wiggle room could be created if the Heat deals its first-round pick and if Haslem agreed to opt out of his $4.6 million deal and accept, say, $2 million annually instead over several years.

But even then, it’s difficult to come up with a scenario where each of the Big Three and Anthony could make more than $13.7 million apiece, presuming they all wanted an equal share of the pot. And it likely would be less than that.

### The Heat is not permitted to trade its first-round pick before the draft but can make a selection on behalf of another team and trade the pick after the draft for some commodity (a future second-rounder, perhaps) that wouldn't clog its cap this summer.

### Teams at or above the cap can sign veterans to the minimum, so the open roster spots temporarily being held by “incomplete roster charges” could be filled by Ray Allen or Rashard Lewis or James Jones and others at the minimum. (And a point guard to replace Mario Chalmers.)

In this scenario, the Heat could use its $2.7 million room exception to add a quality free agent who wants more than the minimum, perhaps a point guard (Chalmers, Ramon Sessions, Kirk Hinrich, etc.)

### A final thought: The Big Three each sacrificed about $15 million over the length of their contracts to play together.

To ask them and Carmelo to sacrifice considerably more than that, if they choose to commit to this “Big Four” concept for several years, would be a lot to expect, even though all make a lot of money in endorsements and off-court ventures (LeBron the most, obviously).

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Juan

this would be terrible for the nba if it happened. you can't have one team so much better than everybody, and the rest of the league being detroits, milwaukees and atlantas. would be horrible.

Pee Gee

I don't have a problem with it. The Lakers and Celtics did it in the 80's. The Yankees did it in the 90's. no one raised a stink then. So don't raise one now.

rboud

Anthony would have to completely change his personality as a player. He would no longer be able to hog the ball and take a ton of shots. It would be a huge adjustment for him. He'd also need to to get in better shape and begin to play some defense. He'd have to make the big adjustments, not the Big 3. I'm not sure he'd fit in with the Heat.. I'd have to see this to believe he'd become a more unselfish player.

Matt R

Sign the players to cheaper deals. micky arison then gives the players a few mil under the table in a hand shake agreement. I bet this happens in the NBA all the time.

D-Rod

Barry,

What that tells me is what should/could be more realistic and effective for the team, create enough budgetary room to bring in multiple above average role players, who can fortify their bench and rotation while seamlessly fitting into the Heat's concepts and culture which Carmelo Anthony certainly never has.

The one positive of that scenario to me is you would then have 1 of the Big 4 (I see Wade becoming a 6th man soon, unless he undergoes successful Kobe like Regenokine Program), as a natural 3pt. shooter ala Ray Allan. Allowing Bosh more room to use all of his talent as they develop chemistry.

Although Chris is now a rather dependable outside shooter, I have always felt if Wade or James would have had that natural knockdown outside shot as part of their game, the Heat would have had an even easier time these last 4 seasons.

I still would rather take that "possible" cap space and spread it over 2 or 3 really solid players, than 1 enigma.

Thanks and Let's Go Heat!

D-Rod

Barry,

What that tells me is what should/could be more realistic and effective for the team, create enough budgetary room to bring in multiple above average role players, who can fortify their bench and rotation while seamlessly fitting into the Heat's concepts and culture which Carmelo Anthony certainly never has.

The one positive of that scenario to me is you would then have 1 of the Big 4 (I see Wade becoming a 6th man soon, unless he undergoes successful Kobe like Regenokine Program), as a natural 3pt. shooter ala Ray Allan. Allowing Bosh more room to use all of his talent as they develop chemistry.

Although Chris is now a rather dependable outside shooter, I have always felt if Wade or James would have had that natural knockdown outside shot as part of their game, the Heat would have had an even easier time these last 4 seasons.

I still would rather take that "possible" cap space and spread it over 2 or 3 really solid players, than 1 enigma.

Thanks and Let's Go Heat!

Josh

This is absolute fantasy land. Big 3 already took one discount. Now they are going to take another discount only this time its practically twice as large AND Carmelo Anthony is ALSO going to take this discount? WHAT? Read this again. Take a breath and come back to earth.

I always get a kick out the endorsement angle too. LeBron would have the same endorsement deals in Chicago, New York, LA, Houston, Dallas etc. LeBron is a global star he doesn't need Miami for endorsements. Is Lebron's "local" endorsement that much bigger than what he could get in another market? No. It is not.

You could argue state income tax BUT Texas has no state income tax and really only California and New York taxes are high enough to really make any difference. Plus IIRC you pay taxes on your game checks where you play the game. AND LeBron could still live in Florida and play for another team so even the tax angle is overrated.

Let's say for the sake of argument it happens. You would basically have a team of 4 all stars but no depth. With Wade aging rapidly and unable to play a whole regular season Lebron and Co would probably have to play major minutes during the regular season just to get to 50 wins.

The bottom line is those 4 are great players but Miami is better off bringing the big 3 back (no guarantee) and building quality depth.

Dashi

COACHING!!

So now that the Heat are down 2-1, let's forget about 3-praying. Let's talk Carmelo.

We still need more players. Let's forget about the biggest Hole on this team!! COACHING!!

4 YEARS WITH THE BIG 3 AND THEY ARE STILL THE MOST HIGHLY INCONSISTENT TEAM IN THE NBA!!

THAT FALLS ON THE COACH!!

You want to know how highly INCONSISTENT the Heat are, Dashi guarantees the Heat will win by at least 10 tonight!!

THE HEAT HAVE THE BETTER TEAM!!! BY A WIDE MARGIN!! THE SPURS DON'T HAVE THE PLAYERS TO STAY WITH MIAMI!!

(Notice that the spurs offense is predicated on making the extra pass because they know they are not faster than Miami, and that Miami is always rotating on defense.)

What the Spurs do have that the Heat don't have is Coaching!

Yes, Pop is an All-time great, but even a mediocre coach with this Heat roster would hand the spurs a whipping.

Problem is Spo isn't even Mediocre.

And even the Heat know this. Reason they are not worried about paying Spo more money. He isn't worth it and no other team is dumb enough to hire him to coach the team.

The only reason Spo is coach is because LeBron and Wade are allowed to run the team. No Real Coach would have allowed this. So Riley hired the Photographer for his wedding to run the team.

The only thing Spo is good at is cutting a mean Highlight reel. They even said it yesterday.

Dashi

If the Heat were to sign Melo, which isn't going to happen. The only way it would seem plausible and fair would be...

LeBron- $16M
Melo- $16M
Wade- $10M
Bosh- $10M
Cole- $2M

Then take the luxury tax. Sign R.Lewis, J.Jones, R.Allen, Birdman.

Cut Hasbeen. Or tell him to retire.

But it ain't going to happen. It would be dumb on Memo's part. He will forever be known as a sellout who took the easy way out. If I was Melo, I would stick with the Knicks. Next year the Knicks will have cap space and will be able to get K.Durant to pair up with Melo. Which will be a better look for Melo and KD. Giving them the fiercest duo since Jordan and Pippen.

Plus, Melo is a Scorer. Play in the triangle, where guys like Jordan and Kobe averaged 30 pts a game. Or play in the Positionless/Playless offense where LeBron dribbles the ball for more than half the shot clock?

I pick #1 option in the triangle.

Dashi

My bad, auto correct

*3-peating
*Melo's

2 watt

how 'bout worrying
'bout san Anthony
instead?

LOL

Kevin Durant is signed for two more seasons Dumshit.

Trevor

Dashi,
You credit the heat too much, and discredit San Antonio way too much. Spo is a very good coach to keep the team running against the spurs. Really? San Antonio is bad? Just because the heat plays in the east against the worst of the worst doesn't mean they are the best. The spurs have played the best of the best in the west and won. Miami is just another west playoff team, no better. In fact, spurs should be up 3-0 right now. Just because of some missed free throws and a flop by wade the heat won. The spurs are better. Much, much better. The heat, if they sign Anthony, would be worse because they would have no depth, and in the playoffs would be exhausted by playing so much, the west team would make short work of them.

David

I can't stand when people say that the Heat won't have any depth if Melo comes here. lol Free agents will be fighting to come here, taking huge paycuts, to play with this historical team that will go to the Finals 6,7,8, or 9 times in a row.

David

PG - JAMES
SG - WADE
SF - MELO
PF - BOSH
C - ANDERSON

Melo picks up scoring slack from Wade and James gets to rest more. He also will become a better Magic Johnson at the point. That's exactly what he needs in order to continue this historical run.

Matt

11 three star recruits? Abysmal. 5-6 in 2015, 2016.

duh

Barry, I was reading Joseph's Heat blog, and he said that you said we couldn't re-sign Mike Miller this offseason. I thought amnesty rules said that we couldn't re-sign a released player for a year. Won't this offseason make a year since we released Miller? Why can't we re-sign him?

Dashi

Trevor,

I don't discredit San Antonio. Never have never will.

The Heat are the best team by a wide margin!! Period!! Look at the roster. Heat players combined have earned almost $1B off NBA Salary alone. LOOK AT THE ROSTER THEN TALK.

SPO SUCKS!!

I am tired explaining what he does wrong. CAN YOU GUYS EXPLAIN WHAT HE DOES RIGHT? EXACTLY!! SQUAT!!

IF THE HEAT LOSE THE FINALS IT ALL FALLS ON SPOELSTRA!!

4 YEARS AND THEY ARE ACTUALLY WORST THAN THE FIRST!!

Dashi

To the clown who loves to troll Dashi wherever he goes.

Durant has a player option for next year.

Let me guess, LeBron and Melo are also signed for 2 more years using your logic.

Now go pound your head on a wall.

P.S.- Only teenage girls use LOL. No self respecting man uses LOL. What is next you fruit loop, OMG.

Dashi

The only person on the Spurs that will start on the Heat is T.Parker. and Maybe, Duncan.

While the Heat have players on the bench that will start on the Spurs.

That Pop can get the most out of his players, and Spo can't even motivate a fly. Should have no weight when evaluating the talent on the roster.

If roles were switched. Pop coaching the Heat and Spo coaching the Spurs. Oh wait, the Spurs wouldn't even make the playoffs with Spo as a coach. Never mind.

Barry Jackson

Duh: You can't re-sign a player you amnestied until his contract with that ends. Miller had 2 years left on his Heat deal when he was amnestied.

Rolando

Heat don't have a prayer against the Spurs--------period!!!!!!!

Shaquille

The Heat have players on the bench that would start for the Spurs.......seriously

Guess what......the Spurs are doing just fine without them

IMAWriter

Philbin is going to get Dion Jordan injured. If Jordan is injured a ST play, Philbin should be immediately sent packing. It's like using Wolfgang Puck as your lead busboy, when he should be in the kitchen doing what he was MEANT TO DO.

TK SWANN

Well the ride has come to an end guys!! I predicted the Heat in 6/7 but it's now 3-1 and the next game is in San Antonio! Good Luck!! The problem is digging those huge holes and then not being able to come back..That is Spo. he has no idea how to get this team to start out strong. Why? He has no offensive game plan, too many close games,and no type of adjustments..To lose at home by to blowouts you have to look at what are they doing wrong? They are simply a tired team who the coach cannot make the proper adjustments.. But as a fan I will say the only hope is to 1. Replace chalmers with Battier why because he will match Diaw better and still stretch the floor and allow Lebron to take Parker early on. 2) Create movement yo get James the ball down low to draw fouls and get to the line. 3) Guard the 3pt shots early on to keep the Spurs from starting fast..They will hit some but the game plan should be stay close and get to the free throw line.. Allow Duncan to get his but stop everyone else.. It's not officially over but there is still a chance to get 1 on Sunday.. If the heat can get Sunday's game it shifts the pressure on the Spurs in Game 6..All maybe wishful thinking but it's the Heat's only shot and remember the heat will get more rest.

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