Report: Suns will attempt to add LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony
The Phoenix Suns plan on making a bold move to add LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Suns currently have $33.5 million available in salary cap space with the opportunity to shed over $10 million more, potentially freeing them up to pursue the maximum contracts of James ($20.7 million) and Anthony ($22.4 million).
The Suns are not considered favorites to add either star. The decisions of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem to opt out of their contracts with the Heat strongly indicate that the Heat will retain James, while Anthony has been linked primarily to Chicago and Houston. Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that the Knicks plan to retain Anthony with the hope of acquiring Lakers’ forward Pau Gasol.
Along with an abundance of cap space, the Suns have a promising young core with guards Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe as well as forward Miles Plumlee. After drafting two highly touted prospects in T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis on Thursday, Phoenix retains three first-round picks in the 2015 NBA draft.
The Suns were one of the surprise teams of the 2013-2014 season, compiling 48 wins under rookie coach Jeff Hornacek and narrowly missing the playoffs in a year many thought they’d tank for a lottery pick.
-- Gabriel Baumgaertner