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Rumor: Lakers to make run at Dwight Howard AND Chris Paul?

Nov 29, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

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Now we know the lockout is officially over because ridiculous, outlandish Lakers trade rumors are flying around and gaining some momentum. Like the Lakers getting Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Reality be damned.

These ideas gain traction because Lakers fans dream big. Outlandishly big. Plus Lakers ownership can be bold. It’s one of the reasons they have all those banners hanging up at Staples Center.

Combine those things with the fact that the Lakers championship window with this Kobe Bryant led unit is closing — they have another year or three — and you have Lakers fans thinking about how to rebuild on the fly.

Which brings us to the ridiculous Dwight Howard and Chris Paul rumors, which were thrown out there by Mark Heisler at SheridanHoops.com that has people buzzing.

When the NBA couldn’t get a full ban on sign-and-trades, it left his Lakers in position to pull off a coup they’re dreaming of, which would make signing LeBron James pale by comparison.

If Dwight Howard and Chris Paul wind up on the market — a safe assumption as far as I’m concerned — the Lakers could offer Andrew Bynum for Dwight and Pau Gasol for CP3, or vice versa. Nothing says that they will be enough to land either player, but it should put the Lakers in the running for both.

Not going to happen. Not both. Probably not either.

You can make a reasonable case for how Dwight Howard ends up in L.A. — the Magic have to trade him or risk losing him for nothing, so they strike a deal with the Lakers that includes Andrew Bynum, some picks and more. Maybe that is the best offer Orlando would get. But the question becomes one of public relations in Orlando. First, could they even trade Howard without a fan revolt? If they do decide they have to move him, could the Magic trade their franchise center to the team that took Shaquille O’Neal from them before? Best offer or not, the Magic may not go down that road.

As for Chris Paul, he has said he wants to play in New York or maybe with the Clippers. If the Hornets do trade CP3 (and that’s not a given considering the league owns the team right now) they will want young stars and picks back — building blocks for the future. Pau Gasol is not that. The Hornets would want a package with Bynum and picks just like Orlando. Nobody else on the Lakers roster is young and helps you build a winner.

Which means the Lakers can try to get one or the other, but they will not get both, they don’t have the trade chips (and are too far over the cap to get one as a free agent). And to even get one Jim Buss has to let Bynum go, something he is loath to do.

But dream big guys, dream big.

  1. themanchine - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    For either of them he’d move Bynum. As much as I love ‘Melo, he aint no Howard or CP3.

  2. trueballs - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Lakers already have the best frontline in the NBA when healthy. Why jeopardize that and make it even harder on the books?

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      I hear you ‘balls, but PG (which the Lakeshow needs desperatly) and C are the most important positions in the league. CP3 and Dwight are both young AND the best at their respective positions in the game. This would make the Lakers younger, and competitors fo years, even after the Black Mamba is gone. Plus no matter how mad fans are at the NBA and its lockout, all will be forgotten and tickets would be sold out for a decade in L.A.!

      Point is, if you can get the best PG AAAND C in the league for an aging Gasol and injury prone Bynum. You DO IT!

      For the record, I am not at all in any way in favor of blowing up the Lakers current squad. AT ALL. But in this scenario you would be a bleeping fool not to.

  3. 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    When the Lakers really want someone, they usually get them…..but this is just impossible! Maybe we can amnesty Jim Buss so Mitch Kupchak can wheel and deal with his hands untied (also impossible). Man! The possibility gots me giddy as a school girl!

  4. 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Lakers get Dwight Howard for Christmas?
    …AND CP3 as a stocking stuffer???

  5. therealhtj - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    You know they’ll at least get one. Probably both.

  6. sportsarebeautiful - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Dwight Howard Isn’t Going Anywhere.

  7. bozosforall - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Lakers need PG more but if they give up Bynum, then Howard makes more sense. Maybe the Lakers could trade Gasol for a draft pick or two, then bundle those two picks and a few of their own for CP3.

    • straightbiznesses - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:21 AM

      Cap space, I love Gasol, but not many teams have the space to take on his contract, and the odds arent too good that the teams that would be willing to do it are the ones that have the space or good enough picks, especially after an off year.

  8. santolonius - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    for nba owners who were on the fence about voting for this cba, but had convinced themselves that, yes, they had found a way to keep a select few teams from hogging all the superstars – this is the kind of rumor that might make them vote NO.

    • rreducla1 - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:54 AM

      Yes, I am sure the CBA vote will be based on internet trade rumors, which, in this case, as Kurt said, are hugely unlikely to happen.

      You need to say something with some substance. Do you think that:

      a) All-Star players should be prohibited from being able to change teams, through some sort of very strict franchise tag and other restrictions?
      b) Dwight Howard and Chris Paul have been with their teams for seven and six years, respectively. Do you think they should be forced to stay longer, even if they don’t want to?
      c) The NBA would be better off with a hard cap, if (hypothetically) it lead to a league where maybe 8-10 teams had a franchise guy and a group of 52-30 teams clawed it out for the title every year? I don’t think a hard cap would actually lead to that, but guys like you appear to believe that it would and seem to think it’s a good idea.

      So, drop the assertions and the emotional BS and faux-superiority and try dealing in specifics for a change.

  9. mook1987 - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    i hate the nba

  10. mook1987 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    so many negroes

    • lunasceiling - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      @mook1987, 4chan is thataway —–>

      • mook1987 - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        @ lunasceiling

        My house is thisaway… come over and dont have a dildo in your booty so i can put one there..
        I got 26 positives….wow:)

  11. cosanostra71 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    haha. Would be cool for sure, but no way this happens. Dwight and Kobe would be a ton of fun to watch though.

  12. trickybastard - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    ridiculous and outlandish, yet you perpetuate them

  13. darealrandolph - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    blake and d12
    cp3,melo, amare

  14. hail2tharedskins - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    I think Chris Paul is probably a stretch, but I think it was always likely the Lakers end up with Dwight Howard. The Magic mgmt really wouldn’t have a say, just like with Melo Dwight will dictate where he wants to be traded or simply leaves via F/A and still decides where he wants to go. I think the unproven (but large ego) Jim Buss would be the biggest impediment to the Lakers getting Howard. Jim Buss is very proud and loves to repeatedly point out that he drafted Bynum, he wants more than anything for Bynum to be the face of the Lakers franchise moving forward – which would cement his legacy in the process.

  15. chargerdillon - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Lets be fair on this issue. Dwight Howard is a household name across the nation, he’s on countless commercials, on the cover of video games, and is the icon of his team.

    Andrew Bynum is maybe the third or fourth best player on his team, will never appear in a commercial over stars like Pau or Kobe, and by all acounts does not look to be the incumbent dominant force on the team.

    An example….even when Shaq was the “big dog” nobody not enough Shaq could deny the talent and coming dominance of Kobe. You dont see that happening with Bynum. But you can easily see that happening if Dwight was in a Laker Jersey. Likewise you could also see Dwight in the Lakers jersey in every same commercial he’s still in, and not causing any impact to Kobe who still has his commercials and success.

    Whether anybody wants to accept the business of the NBA. The Lakers are SHOWTIME, and when the NBA wants to push their most talented players to the forefront of the NBA, they send them to the Lakers, not to the Magic.

    Stern wants Dwight to be a Laker more than any Laker fan does and more than any Magic fan does not. That is why Dwight will be a Laker.

    Them are the breaks kid

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:33 PM

      Why can’t Stern want Howard to be a Celtic?

  16. vstyle23 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Man!! Why can’t Orlando get cp3!! We would unload every body for that

  17. jolink653 - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    dwight howard would look really nice in knicks orange and blue right now and maybe they can swing a trade…oh wait no jim dolan threw every tradeable asset he had into the melo deal so we’re stuck with what we have right now and we have to sweat it out and hope that the magic (or i guess the hornets) decide to try and sign dwight or chris paul and they want to come to new york bad enough to sign in the offseason

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