Cavaliers, Hawks and Lakers amongst the teams capable of making scenario happen.
After both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony decided to opt out of their contracts, it is reported that several NBA teams are exploring the possibility of pairing them together.
The Miami Heat unsurprisingly want to retain James and will pursue Anthony if he urges them to do so, but it is understood that both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks are among the teams mulling potential trades in order to clear enough cap space to be able to recruit both stars, as reported by ESPN.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers could consider a similar approach and they will be able to make various moves in order to land both James and Anthony on contracts worth $16m each next season to pair them up with Kobe Bryant.
In addition, both the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets will also explore their options to sign both, but while the former would have to make numerous sacrifices in order to make it work, the latter would only be able to sign one of the other after offloading Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin.
It’s been less than two weeks since the Heat lost their NBA crown to the San Antonio Spurs, and it remains to be seen whether or not team president Pat Riley is able to persuade James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to extend their stay with the franchise beyond the next year or two.
The decision from James to become a free agent was expected, but it does ask questions of where the Heat will go from here if they are unable to convince the two-time NBA champion to remain at the AA Arena.