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Clippers not willing to trade Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard

Jan 18, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

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We all knew this instinctively, because it’s the only smart choice. Now maybe this rumor can die.

League officials have confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that while Dwight Howard may have interest in them the Clippers are not willing to trade Blake Griffin for Howard — and the Magic are not interested in the Clippers other pieces.

The Magic knows that the Clippers won’t trade Blake Griffin for Howard, and Orlando has no interest in Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to the executives.

Jordan and his $10 million-a-year deal would be a big part of any Clippers trade for Howard.

You can make an argument that the Clippers should seriously consider the move because they would be better off with the more complete player that is Howard than the impressive but still a work-in-progress Griffin. Go ahead and argue that until you are blue in the face. Doesn’t matter.

Griffin is the face of the Clippers. He is the guy who almost single handedly changed the culture and fortues of that moribound franchise. Chris Paul does not come to Los Angeles without Griffin. Nobody talks about a budding rivalry with the Lakers without Griffin. Passionate fans don’t sell out Staples Center without Griffin. Donald Sterling and the Clippers know that Griffin is more than just another player for this franchise, he made them hip. Trade him and you anger the fan base immeasurably. Which two years ago would have been impossible because nobody cared.

So stop talking about Howard to the Clippers and let’s get back to the other Howard trade rumors that are not going to happen.

  1. zer0sand0nes - Jan 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Howard is a rebounding & defensive stalwart, however his downside is he hasn’t really improved substantially skill wise in his NBA career makes Griffin a keeper to me (I think there’s more upside with Griffin this early in his career). As an avid fan & player of the game it doesn’t take a ton of work to improve FT shooting & what 15 yr old or younger doesn’t have a couple of go to moves already?! If Howard diverted the energy he uses to cry to the refs & applied that to improving FT%/developing/evolving his game he’d be without debate the best player in the league.

  2. charlutes - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Howard can go anywhere he wants as a free agent. I’d just tell the clippers to wait until then. Do what u want Orlando but I’m only signing long term where I want to, not where its best for u to trade me.

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      I’m sure that Donald Sterling will spend money to go over the luxury tax limit right around the same time that Michelle Bachmann endorses same sex marriage.

  3. dondada10 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Made the franchise hip? Dwight Howard and Chris Paul is damn close to a championship. That would be very hip.

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      well, they have been the team of choice for hipsters for quite a few years.

  4. goforthanddie - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Publicity-wise, keeping Paul happy-wise, talent-wise, almost everything-wise, Howard-for-Griffin is an even trade. Griffin has more career left, more upside, and will be cheaper in the short-term. Howard is the most dominant center in the game, and will be until he quits.

  5. dcrespo24 - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    And in other news, water is still wet…

  6. vicktator - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Howard should just wait until the offseason and pick his destination. Why would he want to be traded for valuable pieces when he can join that team in a few months when they are better?

  7. cdog0o7 - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Blake Griffin is not the reason CP3 went there. CP3 was traded. He may have had to agree to the extension – but he would have agreed to the extension now if Howard was traded to the Clips.

    Blake Griffin is overrated. He’s Stoudemire 2.0 without the jumpshot. Clippers are dumb not to make that trade.

    CP3 + Howard + Ryen Anderson > CP3 + Griffin + DeAndre. It’s not really that close either.

  8. isujames - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    well said cdog i agree 100% not even close

  9. kacapaco - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    I only check NBA highlights to see Griffin. I don’t think the LAC are that stupid to trade Griffin’s market value for anything.

  10. glink123 - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Howard will never be in a team that wins a championship. Ever. He’s a born loser.

  11. rushbacker - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Well duh.

  12. jimsjam33 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    ” Blake Griffin is overrated . ”

    Must be a angry Laker Fan . LA belongs to the Clippers and Blake Griffin .

  13. addict2sport - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    Clippers won’t trade Griffin….In other news, basketballs are round.

  14. aboogy123456 - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    horrible comments, Dwight Howard is way better than Blake Griffin and it’s not even close. I hope the clippers stay stupid and don’t do that trade.

  15. cdog0o7 - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Oh jimsjam33 – resorting to name calling is silly.

    Dwight Howard is a better defender. Dwight Howard is a better offensive player. Dwight Howard is a better rebounder. And Dwight Howard is exactly the type of player that shuts down the lane for the Lebron’s of the world. Whether I am a Laker fan or not – any Laker fan would be pissed if the Clippers had Howard and CP3. That could become Shaq/Kobe 2.0, assuming, of course, CP3’s knees don’t fall off.

    And lets not forget – Howard has absolutely no injury history at all. Griffin has a bad knee and already had to miss a season.

  16. jimsjam33 - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Trading away Griffin would be like selling your first born . This is the first time we have quality player we can call our own . Nah , I wouldn’t trade him if you gave us Howard , Kobe and Durant in a three for one deal . That’s the way I see it and I’m sticking to it ! Go Clippers .

  17. david8726 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    From a pure basketball stand point, it would be a smart trade for the Clippers to trade Griffin for Howard, as Howard is a better player in nearly every way and didn’t have a major knee surgery to start his career.

    But it won’t happen because the Clippers and their fans are too emotionally invested in Griffin.

    • jimsjam33 - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      David ,

      If this was a final exam you would get a perfect 100 . We are emotionally invested in Griffin , Chris Paul , DeAndre Jordan , Caron Butler , and Chauncey Billups . Mo Williams is the sixth Man of the Year .

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