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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Stephen A.: LeBron, Melo could join forces

By Ian Begley



LeBron to New York?

Don't rule it out, says ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

Smith said on his radio show Wednesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" that Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James would like to play together and it's a "95 percent possibility" that James and Anthony would end up together if both opted in to their contracts for the 2014-15 season.

"LeBron wants to play with Melo," Smith said. "Melo wants to play with LeBron."

Both Anthony and James have opt-out clauses in their contracts that can be exercised this summer.

Smith said that if both James and Anthony opt in this summer, "the New York Knicks would have a shot at getting LeBron James to come to New York."

The Knicks are projected to have enough cap space to land two max free agents in summer 2015.

James and Anthony, of course, also could end up in Miami, depending on how things shake out with the other two members of the Heat's Big Three in the next two summers.

One thing that Smith is nearly certain about? If both Anthony and James opt in this summer, they will be playing together in 2015-16.

"I'm here to tell you right now it's a 95 percent possibility -- if not more -- that they would join forces whether it be in New York or Miami," he said.

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