Chris Paul's Trade Demands: New York Knicks Top His List

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IJuly 22, 2010

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News in the NBA has died down considerably ever since news broke that LeBron James would be joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami and forming a "Big Three."

While no one can be certain what this union of superstars means for the NBA or fantasy basketball just yet, it's at least worth several conversations.

However, that's not all that has been going on in the NBA. Take a look at the latest news, along with our expert fantasy advice where applicable:

Chris Paul, PG, New Orleans Hornets

As most NBA and fantasy basketball followers are aware by now, Chris Paul has expressed his desire (or demanded?) to be traded.

His list originally consisted of the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Orlando Magic, all teams (outside of the Knicks) fully ready to compete for an NBA championship.

However, he has recently named the Knicks as his top choice. With Paul wanting out and Darren Collison impressing people last season, this is a trade that could definitely go down before the season starts.

All four teams could use an upgrade or change at point guard, but Mike D'Atoni's fast-paced offense seems like the perfect fit. Paul would join Amar'e Stoudemire in New York and make the Knicks immediate contenders in the Eastern Conference.

His fantasy value would only climb in a point guard-friendly system like D'Antoni's.

David Lee, F/C, Golden State Warriors

Lee will reportedly miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a finger injury. Lee won't need surgery, however, so he is expected to be completely healthy and ready for the 2010-11 NBA season, despite missing the World Championships this summer due to the injury.

Fantasy owners can actually thank their lucky stars, as Lee's absence from USA's team means he'll be refreshed and healthy, and ready to dominate on a still high-octane Warriors offense.

Richard Jefferson, G/F, San Antonio Spurs

Jefferson and the Spurs have agreed to a multi-year deal that will give Jefferson some job security for the next few years.

The interesting thing here is that RJ opted out of his previous deal to take less money in a long-term deal. Perhaps the Spurs were discussing trading him, and he wanted to do what was necessary to stick with a contender.

From a fantasy perspective, this sounds just fine, as long as Jefferson can up his scoring average and not look so lost in San Antonio's offense.

Yao Ming, C, Houston Rockets

The Rockets have dismissed reports than their star center could miss the first two months of the 2010-11 season, instead claiming that he is fully expected to be ready for day one.

We'll believe it when we see it. However, if Ming is healthy, he could be a major fantasy steal and a good value pick, as well as a huge boost for a Rockets squad that is already on the brink of getting back into the playoffs.

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