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Chris Bosh on bringing ‘Melo to Miami: “It’s very, very unlikely”

Jun 12, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

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Really, this is stating the obvious.

It’s fun to talk about fantasy basketball style player moves like Carmelo Anthony joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. We can dream up scenarios on how that can happen (or LeBron can join ‘Melo in New York or Boston or with the Lakers, you can dream of anything).

Bosh threw some cold water on the idea Thursday.

After what we saw Pat Riley pull off in 2010, never say never. And there is little doubt around the league Carmelo Anthony is going to opt out of his Knicks deal. However, there are so many reasons that ‘Melo to the Heat is not likely.

• LeBron, Wade and Bosh would each have to leave more than $6 million a year on the table, ‘Melo more than $9 million from his max. All may be willing to take a little less, but that’s not a little (we will have more coming later on the financing of this idea).

• CAA represents most of these players (save LeBron), do you think this super agency is going to recommend they all leave that much money on the table?

• Does Pat Riley want to do this? Clearly Miami needs to evolve its roster if it wants to keep contending, however the combo-forward position is not exactly where the Heat are weak. Point guard, depth at the two guard, more shot blocking, depth in general, all of those are positional needs more than what ‘Melo brings.

• By the way, how happy do you think Riley and Erik Spoelstra are that this distraction leaked right before essentially a must-win Finals game? Exactly.

• Just because guys talked about it is different than actually doing it — are there any elite stars in the NBA who haven’t said they want to play with pretty much all the other elite stars? Well, outside Kobe.

Again, never say never. But Bosh is right about the likelihood of all of this coming together.

  1. mackcarrington - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    In other words, “Don’t expect ME to take a pay cut.”

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Thank god he shut it down because no one wants to hear this trash. The sports media is really becoming just as bad as the Bravo channel

    • ss3walkman - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Maybe he hasn’t discussed it because he’s the odd man out..

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:17 AM

        My thoughts exactly.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:17 AM

        Not if Riley has any sense.

  2. worldbfree4me - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Once Bron makes due on his promise, “Not 1, not 2, not three” by dispatching the Spurs for a 3 Peet, then and only then should a serious discussion takes place about adding a 4th fiddle to the band.

    • eureca323 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      He actually stopped at “not 7” so he has a long way to go regardless to get 6 more championships.

  3. lenbias34pt - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    As a Heat and Mello hater i’d love to see it.

    Mello wants the ball in his hands far more than what is good for any team. How do you think that would float with the best player in the world with the ball in his hands and one that is still real good with the ball in his hands?

    And O yea, Scoring isnt’ the issue with this Heat team. . . . . and what is the only thing that Mello does well?

    Mello is such an over paid player i can’t imagine the new staff (Phil) would want to keep him, but i dont’ see a good way out of this for the Knicks…….no way Phil gets LUCKY enough to have his competition pay for this weight.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Somebody else will back the Brink’s truck up to LaLa’s door. They shouldn’t, but they will, and Phil will owe that person a nice steak dinner for saving his rectum.

      • stayhigh_247 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        I’d like LaLa to back up to my door.

    • cruzan80 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      “As a Heat and Mello hater i’d love to see it.”

      Nothing you said after that mattered…..

    • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      Don’t expect Melo to play the same way alongside James as he would next to, say, JR Smith. He’d be a different player – more like the guy you saw on Team USA who played off of creators – and not the guy who gets the ball and holds it for 23 seconds. And his FG% would probably skyrocket.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        That’s because he’s NOT a #1 player…

        What you described is what happens to sidekicks when they are paired with true #1 guys, superstars etc…

        I agree with you. Melo would improve. He’s NOT cut out to be the #1 option or “The Man” on a team.

        Due to this, what you said would most likely come true…

        Melo is a Scottie Pippen, NOT an MJ… or even a LBJ…

      • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        It’s not just about sidekicks vs true #1 guys. It’s not black or white. And LeBron and Melo are friends and Melo respects LeBron and Wade – that would be the main thing keeping him from taking 30 shots a game.

        But you don’t always have to be an stubborn a-hole to be considered a “true #1 guy.” And that title is pointless anyway. There is no value in it. You get nothing for being recognized as it.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      lenbias, does all your thumbs down tell you anything about your basketball IQ?

  4. money2long - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Bosh is right. Very unlikely. Which is why I didn’t even comment on the initial story yesterday or whenever

    • yesser12 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Same here makes no sense to talk about it. Media must truly be bored to even have to talk about that.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Sure, there’s some of that – but James, Wade, Bosh was also considered very unlikely, until it wasn’t.

      • money2long - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        Excuse me. But I believe there wasn’t even that much speculation leading up to it.
        That was more like ninja signings. Caught everyone off guard because no one knew where anyone was going.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        No, there was much speculation leading up to it because Chris Broussard reported a few days beforehand that James to Miami was a lock. There were more disbelievers than believers at the time, obviously.

      • money2long - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Anti that’s kinda my point.
        U jus said a few days.
        Free agency was how long ?
        And also how long did thy reveal they were dreaming of playin Together ?
        Since the Olympics ?
        U say it was a few days before it happened. So pretty much no one even had much time to ditch the idea. Like this one. With MELO.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Well you know the candidates were Chicago, New York, Cleveland and Miami. Those were always the options. I think Miami was seen as the least likely.

  5. 1historian - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    There is only one basketball allowed on the court during NBA games.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    LaLa wouldn’t let him take that big a pay cut, not that he would want to.
    It would also be a waste of cap space. He doesn’t bring enough D to matter, and where is he supposed to get his volume-shooting from?

  7. yesser12 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Bosh the voice of reason. Who would have thought?

  8. jeffkx - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    question..if Bosh and Wade did opt out..what type of contracts could they get? Could they get more than they could if they exercised their 2 player options for around $20m per season?

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Wade’s broken, I can’t see him getting anything that big.
      Bosh hasn’t had the stat line he used to, but he’s healthy and has shown he can step up when needed.
      I doubt either one would get more than Miami would pay.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        Wade IS broken… but the Heat WOULD pay that…

        Now, other teams wouldn’t go as high as the Heat would for him…

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:23 AM

        Oh yeah, I could see Miami giving him a Kobe-style extension and having him stay with them his whole career. They shouldn’t, he isn’t worth it on the court any more, but as sort of a Lifetime Achievement award, sure.

  9. cantonbound13 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Melo wants to be the alpha dog & enjoys the spotlight. He wanted to go to the big stage in NY. He’s not a sidekick. He’s not the type of guy that is afraid of the pressure of playing in NY. He wants to be MJ or Kobe, not Pippen or LeBron.

  10. azarkhan - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    “It’s fun to talk about fantasy basketball style player moves…”

    That’s what PBT does 24/7 except it’s not fun, it’s silly and stupid.

  11. antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    No kidding. And I’m sure Bosh wants it to be very, very unlikely, because he has just recently come to terms with the idea of going from a 20-10 guy to a 17-7 guy – and being content with that – and the prospect of a Melo addition would throw everything back into the blender.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Uh, I think it’s MELO thinking about HIS stats…

      Bosh isn’t worried about his stats anymore… multiple time NBA champion… PLENTY of cash and the life…

      Now, Melo on the other hand…

      • antistratfordian - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Bosh is worried about his stats. He has found a way to minimize it, but he still thinks about. And he still thinks he averages 18-8. He will tell you today that he’s an 18-8 guy, even though the last time he averaged 18-8 was a few years ago.

        You should read that piece on Bosh by Tom Haberstroh that came out yesterday. It’s very illuminating.

  12. jzone954 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    This is what called trying to simmer everybody down and not penalized for tampering because the dumb media especially in South Florida broke a story nation wide DURING the finals that wasn’t meant to leak. I hate the media

  13. bhunter1995 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Sorry my phone chopped up a few words, sorry for the mistakes

  14. jzone954 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    The point is Miami won with Lebron, what did NY do with Melo? Second round thumping by the Pacers at best? Melo
    Is gone. Enjoy the triangle with “Shump” as the main component for the next 3 years.

  15. naterich21 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    In all honesty, the Heat should wait til the 2015 offseason and sign Melo instead of Bosh. Then use the rest of the money to get an actual center

  16. coffeeblack95616 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    If this did happen, the addition would make the NBA even more laughable. Why not just have the top player at each position sign one year deals with one team each year and have an annual championship rotate to whatever team those give guys play for? Predictability is one of the worst aspects of sports, and that’s exactly what this would further create. In the incredibly soft eastern conference, the entire playoff season would be a snooze-fest.

  17. hwatt - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    the only way it makes sense is if Wade leaves the team. therefore this doesn’t make any sense.

  18. SBoy - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I can only see a big three, but that three could be Melo, and maybe not Wade or Bosh. Respect for D. Wades game but he is not who he was and injuries may further lesson what you can expect… If all are on the market at the same time Melo would be one of the best three…

  19. iangas33 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    I have info from an inside source (code for making s**t up) the heat are now pursuing koby, Kevin love, Carmelo, D-rose, Paul George and any other big name that may come to mind!?!?!?!
    These nbc “sports writers” are beyond incompetent
    WHERE IS THE STUPID STORY FILTER for most of the crap you idiots post?!?!?!

  20. kwame410 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Anthony should come to portland nic batum is to inconsistent. Paul Allen is the NBA’s richest owner he could play the luxury tax.

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