Carmelo Anthony on rumors he’ll join Heat: ‘I ain’t hear about that one’ (video)
Reports surfaced on Thursday that despite the best efforts by the New York Knicks, namely president Phil Jackson in concert with new head coach Derek Fisher, Carmelo Anthony nevertheless has decided to opt-out of his contract with the team and become an unrestricted free agent, according to the New York Daily News.
The speculation then began that Carmelo would, like LeBron James, take his talents to South Beach and turn the “Big Three” into the “Four-Headed Monster” or whatever quadruple-inspired moniker one prefers.
The likelihood of Anthony somehow joining forces with the Heat trifecta of talent are slim to none at best, as James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all would have to opt out of their current deals and then take significant pay cuts in order to financially effectuate the addition of a player who won’t come at a bargain rate, even if Anthony was willing to take less money than what he could make elsewhere.
Still, the Heat reportedly will at least try to be players in the Melo Sweepstakes as word is that the “Big Three” are so intrigued by the prospect of bringing ‘Melo into the fold that they all would be willing to restructure their deals with the Heat in order to make it a possibility.
TMZ managed to track down Anthony as he exited Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills to ask him about his thoughts regarding the rumors he’s bound for Miami.
Like most pro athletes, celebrities and the like, Anthony had little interest in engaging in a discussion with TMZ Dude, so he gave a quick response, saying, “I ain’t hear about that one. That’s a new one.”
But TMZ Dude wasn’t going to allow Carmelo to get off so easily, so he said, “That’s pretty legit, though, right?” when discussing the rumors.
Carmelo again sidestepped the inquiry by giving a non-answer, saying, “nothing is legit until a deal is signed.”
So there you have it. Carmelo Anthony may have a good idea what his plans are regarding his future, but there’s no way in hell he was going to discuss it with TMZ Dude. Can’t say I blame him.
But the prospect of LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh and Melo joining forces is a pretty interesting one, to say the least. In fact, to borrow TMZ Dude’s phrasing, it would be pretty legit. 2 Legit 2 Quit, even.