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Carmelo Anthony could team up with Chris Paul next season in... New Orleans?

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Before Carmelo Anthony decides where he wants to play next season, he'll probably be rumored to sign with every squad in the league. Now, on top of theories that Melo will stay in Denver, join Kobe Bryant in L.A., combine forces with Derrick Rose in Chicago, or create a Melo-Amare Stoudemire-Chris Paul in NYC, there's this possibility: He and Paul could team for the New Orleans Hornets.

Bleacher Report's Hardcore Mayhem floats this prospect. And part one of his reasoning is sound: The Hornets would be insane to get rid of Paul, even if he wants out of the Big Easy.

What to do to keep him around? "Entering the 2011 free agency period, the Hornets can get rid of Peja Stojakovic and his fat contract," he writes. That would give the franchise $47 million in cap space -- and this number could grow if David West opts out of his deal. If that happened, there'd be enough dough to entice Anthony to head south after the season -- and you can bet Paul would be a lot happier to stick around if he could ball it up with Melo.

Problem: There are one helluva lot of "ifs" in this scenario. Moreover, Paul is unlikely to quit bitching about a trade because the Hornets might be able to land Carmelo. After all, both the Knicks and the Bulls thought they would wind up with LeBron James, and look how that turned out.

Whatever the case, Nuggets fans will likely enjoy another Bleacher Reports post more. In it, Rich Kurtzman lists the five reasons why the Nugs won't trade Melo.

From your mouth to Stan Kroenke's ear, Rich.

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