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Report: Suns to make run at LeBron, Carmelo

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The Phoenix Suns will make a run at landing forwards LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony when they become free agents on Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported.

The Suns reportedly have the salary-cap flexibility and young trade assets necessary to afford both All-Stars.

The Suns plan to meet with the Miami Heat's James and Anthony of the New York Knicks and try to convince them they can sign for maximum deals and play with enough young talent to contend for an NBA title.

However, it will take a lot for the Suns to make it work financially.

If the salary cap is set at $62.3 million as projected, the Suns would have about $19.5 million in cap space if they re-sign point guard Eric Bledsoe to a maximum-level contract, renounce the rights to their remaining free agents, sign draft picks, forward T.J. Warren and guard Tyler Ennis, to rookie deals and keep shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic in Europe to develop.

If the Suns do not re-sign Bledsoe, that would clear about $34 million in cap space. They can also re-sign Bledsoe and trade away guard Gerald Green, center Alex Len, twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris twins and guard Archie Goodwin to clear $33.7 million in space.

James has reportedly been in discussions with Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh -- all pending free agents -- about returning to the team under different financial terms to create enough flexibility for the front office to add to the roster and make another championship run.

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