Indiana Pacers swingman Danny Granger sees the trend around the NBA.

Major-market city. All-Star player. The two combine to make that NBA team a possible title contender.

Granger doesn't like that trend because he said that hurts small-market teams like the Pacers.

The latest move came when the New York Knicks acquired forward Carmelo Anthony to go with another All-Star, Amare Stoudemire.

"They're definitely better," Granger said. "Obviously I don't like it because we have to play against them three more times."

Granger compared the move to LeBron James and Chris Bosh joining Dwyane Wade in Miami. The Heat have the third-best record in the league.

"They're all taking a page out of Miami's book," Granger said. "I don't think it's good for the league.

"It hurts a team like us tremendously if everybody can pick where they want to go. No chance at all for us. We need to figure out a way to have teams more evenly matched."

The Pacers can spend big on free agents this summer if they don't pull a big deal before Thursday's trade deadline.

Indianapolis doesn't have the bright lights of New York, the beaches of Miami or the warm weather of Los Angeles to entice free agents.

"Who would want to come here as a free agent?" Granger asked. "Any small-market team will have that problem. If the trend is to go to the better city, you got teams like us, Milwaukee and Minnesota who don't have a shot."