NBA Trade Rumors: Chris Paul To New York, Carmelo Anthony To Follow?

Brian ChappattaCorrespondent IIJuly 22, 2010

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 13: NBA players Carmelo Anthony (L) and Chris Paul attend the 23/25 Energy Space presented by Jordan Brand in Dallas, Texas on Februrary 13, 2010. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Jordan Brand)
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In today's NBA, three really is the magic number.

Just as the dust was finally settling on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh teaming up in Miami,'s Chris Broussard reported that Chris Paul has asked the New Orleans Hornets to trade him, with the New York Knicks on the top of his list.

That's with the expectation that Carmelo Anthony will join him in the Big Apple, and with Amare Stoudemire they could take down the Big Three in Miami with a trio of their own.

"Those guys want to beat the three guys in Miami," a source close to the situation said, according to Broussard's article.

Knicks fans must be salivating at the prospect of netting an equally ferocious threesome as Miami.

But it is a watershed moment for the rest of the NBA.

Look at what this superstar-driven league has come to. Players are demanding to be traded where they want to go so they can get together with fellow stars and form so-called " super teams."

All these great players have suddenly lost confidence in themselves to lead a team to a title, and in sheer desperation, are colluding with other stars to dictate the direction of their new team.

For some reason, the popular opinion is a team needs three stars to compete for a championship.

Kobe Bryant is a superstar. Let's equate him with James and Anthony.

Pau Gasol is an All-Star power forward who complements Bryant nicely. Just as Bosh and Stoudemire would.

Then here's where the discrepancy occurs. Who is the next-best player on the Lakers? Probably Ron Artest.

He's nowhere near the level of Wade and Paul. Not by a long shot.

Obviously the goal is to form a team that's better than the competition. But having two teams that contain six of the top 15 players in the league is not good for parity and is terrible for the NBA's image, which is losing luster to begin with.

There simply are not enough stars to go around if some teams land three of them. If this scenario came to fruition, then a single star from the Cavaliers, Heat, Raptors, Suns, Nuggets, and Hornets would all converge in two cities.

Again, the NBA is a player-driven league. David West can't draw fans to Hornets games. Neither can Jose Calderon or Mo Williams.

It's sad that this is what the NBA is coming to. Stars are not as competitive as they used to be, and instead they are more about playing with their friends and winning championships.

The NBA Draft has never seemed more irrelevant as it did this year.

The impending lockout should provide a way to keep the league from falling apart.

If not, the NBA could turn into a two-team traveling circus.