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Melo to Miami?

In three weeks, Carmelo Anthony can decide the fate of his basketball future. He’s indicated that he wants to stay in New York, but a chance to play with LeBron James and the Miami Heat may change his mind.

ESPN reported this week that the Heat may make an aggressive push to land Melo. Money will be the one and only obstacle standing between Anthony and a plane ride to South Florida.

So…will Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James opt out of their contracts next month to take less money in order to get Melo? It’s happened before and it could happen again.

As if Wade, Bosh, James, and Ray Allen weren’t enough firepower, the Heat would be unmatched if they could land Melo. Melo can give the Heat that perimeter scoring that they desperately need, and he gives them another scoring option for LeBron when Wade or Bosh has bad games.

Miami is in quest for their third straight championship, but adding a player like Carmelo Anthony would make them a favorite for two or three more.

A team with these kinds of weapons can rival the 96 Bulls’ NBA leading 72-10 season.

The Heat can’t officially contact him until either after July 1st, or if Melo opts out of his contract with the Knicks. He has until June 23rd to notify the Knicks of his intentions.

Here’s an interesting thought….If the Miami Heat signs Carmelo Anthony, they would have 4 of the top 5 picks of the historic 2003 NBA Draft and would have eight players on the roster who were top 10 picks overall in their respective drafts. Greg Oden (No. 1, 2007), Ray Allen (No. 5, 1996), Michael Beasley (No. 2, 2008), Shane Battier (No. 6, 2001).

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