LeBron James says Carmelo Anthony joining Heat would be news to him

Carmelo Anthony and Miami Heat forward LeBron James

Carmelo Anthony and Miami Heat forward LeBron James fight for position during a game at Madison Square Garden. (March 3, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

MIAMI - LeBron James pleaded ignorance about Carmelo Anthony joining the Heat as a free agent this summer to form an even greater super team.

"What happened?'' James said.

James reportedly is the linchpin in bringing Anthony to Miami; they are close friends. Reports also indicate that Heat players and officials have begun exploring how it could work. But James said it was the first he was hearing of it and that all he is focused on is the Spurs.

"I'm just now hearing about it so it doesn't bother me at all,'' James said. "Obviously, Melo has his own decision to make and obviously that's not even crossed my mind at this point in the season. So I really don't have an answer for it.''

Chris Bosh told the Miami Herald that a Big Four is "very, very unlikely."

Anthony and his representatives reportedly met with Knicks president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and new coach Derek Fisher last night. The Knicks officials were expected to lay out their plan for turning the team into a contender.

One thing appears clear, though: Anthony will opt out before the June 23 deadline. A league source said that is his plan of action.

Regardless of whether Anthony stays, the Knicks are set to have a windfall of cap space next summer, when Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love could be among the prized players available. He said on ESPN the Knicks are an attractive team because of Jackson.

"I think any time you have Phil Jackson involved with any organization, you're going to definitely look at it,'' Love said. "The Knicks are a place where I think anybody would like to go.''

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