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Report: Miami Heat looking to sign Carmelo Anthony

06/12/2014 11:45 AM ET
By Tyler Prado

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have been rivals with the Heat and Knicks, but could join forces next season.(AP)
Not one, not two, not three, but a new "Big Four" in Miami?

The current two-time defending champions believe they have a shot at locking up New York Knicks All-Star small forward Carmelo Anthony in free agency this summer.

ESPN reports Miami's "officials and leading players have already started to explore their options for creating sufficient financial flexibility."

With the possibility of bringing on one of the best pure scorers in the league, Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade would all have to take significant pay cuts to get under the salary cap. The best option for the "Big Three" would be to have everyone opt out of current contracts and restructure new contracts.

Anthony is slated to make $23.3 million this upcoming season if he stays in New York.

The Knicks will wait until the June 23 deadline for Anthony to report if he is going to stay a Knick or test the free agency market.

Phil Jackson, new president of the Knicks, has begun talks with Anthony to keep him in New York.

The Miami Heat, down 2-1 in the Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, are seeking their third straight NBA title. If the "Big Three" can't pull off the three-peat, maybe it's time to bring a fourth to the party in South Beach to make the Heat an even bigger super-team.

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