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Chris Paul allegedly promises big three in New York

Jul 13, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

nba_paul_250.jpgI was not invited to Carmelo Anthony’s wedding. Yes, I am disappointed, but I may send him a toaster anyway.

So I certainly didn’t hear this first hand. Neither did the New York Post, which reported about statements there they got it from a person at the wedding. So, to recap: Second hand information from the New York Post. Sprinkle liberally with salt.

That said, Chris Paul allegedly made a toast about a big three in New York — CP3, Carmelo and Amar’e Stoudemire.

According to a person who spoke with wedding attendee Amar’e Stoudemire, Paul made the reference during a speech of a potential union of himself, Stoudemire and Anthony, saying, “We’ll form our own Big 3,” Paul allegedly said.

There are some serious logistical problems with this, of course, even with Stoudemire already inked. Chris Paul can be a free agent the summer of 2012. Whether or not the Hornets entertain trading him before then is dependant on the slow-going sale of the team.

Anthony could be a free agent next summer, but he would have to walk away from a three-year, $65 million extension. Then he would have to negotiate a new deal under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Basically, he’d have to leave millions of dollars on the table.

So, it’s unlikely. Very unlikely. But so was Miami. I’m not making any more predictions.

  1. hnirobert - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    How about Big 3B, as in plan B?
    Dwyane > Paul
    LBJ > Anthony
    Bosh > Amare

  2. John McCann - Jul 13, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    You’re still assuming max contracts will be less in the new CBA.
    I agree the cap number is likely to be less, guaranteed contracts will be shorter, and there might be some kind of hard cap at like 125% of the cap number.
    But I think the owners are not liking these conglomerations of talent either. Letting one player sign for 50% of a team’s cap can work for everyone. Carmelo Anthony would be shortsighted to sign that deal with no out.

  3. Wow - Jul 13, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    The NBA can follow the MLB model of self-destruction by concentrating talent in a handful of teams.

  4. j - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    amare is better than bosh every day of the week. lebron isnt that much better than melo, and cp3 is more of a pg than wade. its about even imo

  5. KnoxTime - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Yeah this would put the Knicks about equal 1-3 compared to Miami. The real key is the supporting cast. This is why teams like Boston, Orlando and LA will still be superior this next year. Kobe and Pau have Artest, Bynum, Odom, Blake, Fisher, and more. Boston has the big 3, Rondo, Perkins, Davis, Robinson, etc. Orlando with Nelson, Howard, Lewis, Carter, Gortat, Pietrus, Barnes, and Redick (if the last 2 return). Besides Haslem, the Heat have nothing outside the stars. Maybe I’m the only one, but the superteam concept seems a little overrated at this point when it seems you’d be better off with two stars and a good 4-5 players suporrting them.

  6. JDub - Jul 13, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Seriously? I’m a Lebron hatter as much as the next guy but Melo isn’t near the talent of LBJ.

  7. FLBJ - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    i agree
    LbJ> Melo (Although Melo is the more talented offensive player)
    but, Bosh>Amare? I dont think so. Amare has been going up against bigger better teams on a team that actually contends.

  8. Daniel Plumey - Jul 13, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    NY Knicks have a better supporting cast no doubt. They have shooters as opposed to Miami. CP3 and Melo to NYK would be pretty balanced and I believe more balanced role wise compared to Miami. 2011 can’t get here soon enough.

  9. Sean - Jul 14, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Not gonna happen.

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