Imagining a mega-team with LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony is downright scary — but according to sources, it’s something King James wants to happen before their careers end.
It’s well known that the four share a close relationship, but the group has never played together professionally aside from the 2008 Beijing Olympics where they took home the gold medal.
“I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together…” James said. “At least one, maybe one or two seasons — me, Melo, D-Wade, CP — we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.”
James wouldn’t be the only one taking a pay cut as the other three are also signed to lucrative contracts. Another member of the four-some is already on board, as Melo stated he would also be willing to take a pay cut to make the scenario work.
Aside from Chris Paul, who was selected in 2005, the other three were taken early in the 2003 draft. While James and Wade won a few titles together as members of the Miami Heat, both Melo and CP3 have never won a Larry O’Brien trophy.
For as much as these four superstars would enjoy teaming up, the logistics to actually make it happen would be near impossible. Between finagling salaries, NBA owners giving their approval, and having enough money to sign complementary players, it is likely nothing more than a pipe dream.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to imagine a Paul-Wade-Melo-LeBron lineup taking on the Golden State Warriors.