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Report: Dwight Howard adds Clippers to list of places he’d sign

Jan 16, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

Magic's Howard meditates just before the tip-off of their NBA basketball game with the New York Knicks in New York Reuters

Dwight Howard with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul?

Take that Miami. This would be the new Big Three. Howard apparently likes the idea — almost as much as Clippers fans. No matter how unlikely it is in reality.

Howard has added the Clippers to the list of teams he would sign an extension with, reports Chris Sheridan at Sheridan Hoops. The Clips are on the list with the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks. Oh, and theoretically the Magic.

“He’s been watching them a lot. He’s intrigued by the Clippers,” said the source, who is privy to the trade talks that have taken place between all of the aforementioned teams.

That source also said it now appears more likely that Howard will play out the season with the Magic.

We keep hearing that if there is going to be any movement of Dwight Howard it will be after the All-Star Game in Orlando the last weekend of February. Then it’s a matter if the Magic think they are contenders, if they can keep Howard after the season, and if they like the offers coming back (not that they may have a lot of choices).

The difficulty in getting working a deal with the Clippers is finding pieces that the Magic want back. Eric Gordon and the Minnesota pick in this draft were the best trade chips the Clippers had, but they sent both to New Orleans to get Chris Paul. The Clippers can get a deal that meets the CBA requirements with DeAndre Jordan, Maurice Williams and Eric Bledsoe, but do you really think the Magic will think that’s enough? (Plus, D’Andre Jordan cannot be traded without his permission until July 1 under terms of the new CBA.) There is not a lot on that Clippers roster people want outside of the stars that Los Angeles is not giving up.

Unless you’re willing to send Griffin to the Magic… exactly. Not happening.

Also remember that both Griffin and Paul will command max deals starting with the 2013-14 season — add Howard to that mix and you’re asking Donald Sterling to pay a lot of luxury tax. That is not the profitable model the Clippers are built on and to expect a radical change is to expect Republican evangelical Christians to throw their support behind Barack Obama.

Sheridan says that Howard does not want to be traded to the Nets at the deadline as even if that happened he would miss the playoffs this year. He could go there as a free agent. Dallas has grand plans of finding some sucker to take on Shawn Marion’s deal so they have the cap room to sign both Howard and Deron Williams this summer.

Which might make the Lakers the big players at the table come the deadline — they can offer Andrew Bynum and parts. The Lakers are not giving up Bynum and Pau Gasol, but if the Magic think they have lost Howard this summer Bynum might be the best building block going forward. Even with the risks. It’s better than getting nothing.

But the Clippers are on the list now too, so speculate away.

  1. chadinkc30 - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Bynum is by far the best they will get from any team. As a Lakers fan, at this point I’m not trading bynum to a team with no leverage, and for a guy you could possibly sign as a free agent at season end. As far as clippers, they have nothing worth anything outside of Griffin or Paul.

  2. cdog0o7 - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Clippers only asset here would be Blake Griffin, and honestly, they should do it. The guy is overrated, and if they could get essentially a straight up swap of griffin for Howard, the GM for the Clips would be crazy not to do it.

    Just remember: Blake Griffin doesn’t play any defense, struggles stretching the floor, and relies on his athleticism when he has a bad knee. He’s an above average player – but he not in the stratosphere of Dwight.

  3. goforthanddie - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Doesn’t Howard understand that ain’t happening? Is he truly that dumb?

  4. bparmalee - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    I hope he plays out the season with the Magic. They have handled this poorly and deserve to get nothing in return. When LA lost out on Chris Paul they had as much leverage as they were ever going to have. Now Bynum’s still healthy and putting together a good year..so the Lakers arent falling over themselves. At this point..even if he says your on his list of teams… can any team trust him to sign with them if they trade for him?

  5. xliontamer - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    This tells you more about how quickly the Clippers have become a real team than anything else.

    • jrillah10 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      @bparmalee….

      Exactly how have the Magic handled this poorly? Maybe they should’ve just traded him as soon as he requested it, jack***. Maybe for Brook Lopez and uh, no one. Or maybe just Bynum. There’s no way they get Bynum and Gasol. The Magic owe it to their fans to try and keep him. As unlikely as that is, they still need to show it. Howard knows what he’s doing. Unfortunately, Otis Smith doesn’t. I’d be shocked if Howard or Smith are back next season.

  6. andyreidisfat - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Howard needs to add the sixers to that list because a iggy and hawes for Howard would be a great deal for both teams. The magic get way more than they would from anyone else throw in acouple first rounders and I think the magic get good value in return. The sixers get a guy who probably puts them into the top 3 with Chicago and Miami and IMO puts them ahead of both those teams because the sixers would be much deeper. The sixers could make a run this season and if money problems happen next year they can still amnesty brand and get under the cap when the kid (who looks real good early) they drafted this last season is ready to start.

    Also for Howard this would make him the lone superstar in a major market ( ask ai how much money can be made here ) and I think would lead to much better nba in the sense that it would be a real team and not just superstars thrown together

  7. sweetnlow44 - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    With how well Bynum’s playing, Howard’s seeing that getting traded to the Lakers is becoming more and more unlikely. So, in an effort to try and scare the Lakers into action, he puts this Clippers garbage out there.

    Bynum’s a stud and the Lakers should be content with him. Their biggest need is a PG.

  8. rushbacker - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Why not add the Heat to your list? Clown. . .

  9. albie23 - Jan 17, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    He needs to go ahead & add Chicago to that exclusive list. Imagine that…
    But there has been reports that he hasn’t added the Bulls cause Adidas is not allowing it. The Bulls can give Orlando the best package but he & D. Rose are being prohibited from being teammates by their shoe endorsement!

  10. david8726 - Jan 17, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    The place that he should be begging to go to is Chicago. It blows my mind that he doesn’t seem interested in going there.

    He and Derrick Rose would and hog all the championships for the next 5 years if they teamed up.

    And who cares if Adidas doesn’t like it? What are they going to do? Stop sponsoring Howard if he says he wants to go to Chicago? Please.

    If it’s truly all about winning for Howard, then he should be forcing his way to Chicago.

  11. asublimeday - Jan 17, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Save the troll comments, but I’m curious why he wouldn’t sign with the bulls? Chris Paul can’t hold Rose’s jock.

    • mytthor - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Don’t believe the hype, sir. CP3 is the best PG in the league. It’s not all about taking people to the cup, it’s about controlling tempo, getting the ball in the right person’s hand, shooting when needed, putting pressure on the D under control.

  12. cluelessdufus - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    the clippers dont have anything outside paul and griffin to give up worth it so really the clippers are no where near a dwight howard trade so scratch that off dwight

  13. brentton32 - Jan 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I don’t understand why the Bulls are not in the conversation. They could offer Noah and Deng in trade for Howard. And if the Magic could somehow get rid of Hedo’s contract it would work out nicely for them as well.

  14. deshackle - Jan 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Maybe Dwight Howard can play for the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. After all, they finished at 72-10.

  15. ludachrisgsx - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Ha, yeah, Dwight wouldn’t mind playing for the Clippers, in their current form, if they didn’t have to trade away the pieces they have in order to get him.

    Who knows though. If he becomes a free agent the Clips would have the cap room to sign him next season. Though he already knows that and knows he doesn’t have to make this statement if he were just going to sign there next season. Which makes this statement more strange. Seems like he’s saying this to put more pressure on the other teams that are pushing to get him.

    The only team that would still look good after they traded for him would be the Lakers. Because at this point, Bynum has made the case that he doesn’t have to be packaged with Gasol to be worth the trade. The Lakers can get away with trading Bynum and another player or two and take on Hedo’s contract and that will be the best the Magic can expect to get in return.

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