Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Could Chris Paul Follow 'Melo To New York?

Jim BerdyszCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2011

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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Just one day after the Denver Nuggets reached a preliminary agreement to send four-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey, the New York Knicks have bumped up their recent trade offer to include forward Danilo Gallinari, making them a possible favorite to now land the Nuggets star.

That part of the story is known. What is not known is the realistic possibility of creating another three-headed monster in the NBA, one that could very well turn out to become better than the one in Miami.

If 'Melo is in fact traded to the Knicks in the next couple days, could this mean New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul will join Anthony and Amare Stoudemire in the Big Apple in 2012?

It certainly does.

Right now, the deal between the Nuggets and Knicks looks like this:

To New York:

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Chauncey Billups
  • Anthony Carter

To Denver:

  • Danilo Gallinari
  • Raymond Felton
  • Wilson Chandler
  • Eddy Curry (expiring contract) 

Paul has made it known that a team like the Knicks could be transformed into a legitimate contender, with the likes of Stoudemire and Anthony playing together in New York. The part he may have forgot to mention though was whether or not he would join them once he hits the free agent market this summer.

Like it was in Miami, creating a championship caliber team in New York may have been discussed for a longer time than we all thought.

Not only did Anthony and Paul team up on Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but the Hornets' superstar even joked around about the idea of the three playing for the Knicks at Anthony's wedding last summer.

Who could forget last summer, when every NBA fan thought LeBron James would bolt to New York, when he instead waited until Chris Bosh joined Dwayne Wade down in Miami.

This is definitely something the entire NBA will be watching very closely in the upcoming months, as New York—not Miami, may end up having the last laugh when it's all said and done this time around. 

Heat vs. Knicks in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals anyone?