Think Big: Five Possible "Big Three" Scenarios
The "The Big Three" model is starting to become "the" model for NBA teams to follow when attempting to put together a championship team.
The original "Big Three" is still in tact in Boston.
There is a new "Big Three," dubbed "Miami Thrice," in Miami.
So who's next? Who will have the next "Big Three" on their roster in the NBA?
Here are five possible "Big Three" scenarios.
New York -- "The Big Apples"
At Carmelo Anthony's wedding last weekend, Chris Paul was quoted, "We'll form our own Big Three in New York."
Paul is set to become a free agent in the summer of 2012,. He would team up with next summer's free agent prize, Carmelo Anthony and recently signed big man, Amar'e Stoudemire in New York.
The Knicks may be able to get Chris Paul to New York sooner than the summer of 2012.
The Hornets would be interested in trading the superstar point guard next summer because of his expiring contract and the emergence of Darren Collison in New Orleans.
It could work out very well for New York.
Let me introduce you to "The Big Apples" of New York.
Chicago Bulls -- "The Three-Horned Bull"
The Chicago Bulls could make a trade to get Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards drafted John Wall with the No. 1 pick and are looking to make himl the star. They would probably listen to the Bulls if they offered Luol Deng or Joakim Noah for Gilbert Arenas. They could also package Taj Gibson, a first round, and a second round draft pick in exchange for Arenas.
"Agent 0" would team up with star point guard Derrick Rose and newly signed big man Carlos Boozer to make Chicago's own version of "The Big Three."
Let me introduce you to Chicago's "Three Horned Bull."
Oklahoma City -- "The Asian and Sensations"
The up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder have built their team straight from the draft with players like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
It's now time for them to make a big move that will vault them into contention.
If OKC has the cap space next summer, they would likely go after a big man.
A very big man in Yao Ming.
The giant center would team up with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to form a "Big Three". They might have to do some type of sign and trade deal with the Rockets to make it work.
If they get Yao next summer, OKC would be the one of the top forces in the entire NBA.
Let me introduce you to Oklahoma City's "The Asian and Sensations."
Indiana Pacers -- "The Three Wise Men"
In the summer of 2011, the Indiana Pacers will have enough cap space to sign two max contract players. With Danny Granger already in Indianapolis, the Pacers will be looking to tremendously upgrade their roster.
The Pacers, who are desperate for a winning team, could offer Tim Duncan (Player Option 2011) max money. The Pacers offer would exceed the $21 million he is set to get from the Spurs in 2011-2012.
I'm sure he would be very interested.
Tony Parker, who is an unrestricted free agent in 2011, would be offered around the same amount as Duncan, but for more years.
It's a long shot, but the two San Antonio teammates would give the Indiana Pacers a trio of stars in Tony Parker, Danny Granger, and Tim Duncan.
So, let me introduce Indiana's "Three Wise Men."
New Jersey Nets (Brooklyn) - "The Borough of Three"
The New Jersey Nets are another one of those teams that would have a lot of cap space next summer and could offer two max contracts.
Considering that Carmelo Anthony is the prize of next year's free agent class, I involved him in two of the possible "Big Three" scenarios. First with The New York Knicks, and now with the New Jersey Nets.
The Nets would offer Carmelo Anthony a maximum salary. He could be interested in the Nets if they could get another player to come there.
Along with Anthony, they could offer a great deal to power forward Al Horford, who will be a restricted free agent next summer. Seeing as how the Hawks gave Joe Johnson a max deal this summer, they probably couldn't match the Nets max offer.
With Devin Harris at the point, and the acquisitions of Carmelo Anthony and Al Horford, the Nets would have a great future in Brooklyn with their own "Big Three."
Let me introduce you to New Jersey's (Brooklyn's) "Borough of Three."
The Future of "The Big 3" Model
The Celtics put three great players together and won a championship in 2008. They also came one game short of making it two championships this past season.
"The Big Three" model has changed the landscape of the NBA and will continue for the foreseeable future. Lebron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh have teamed up in Miami and will be a difficult team to beat come playoff time.
New York?... OKC?... Indiana?... Chicago?... or New Jersey?
Maybe another team will come out of nowhere next summer and grab three great players to contend for multiple NBA championships.
We'll see who gets it done next.