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Report: Dwight Howard not going to Clippers… did we need a report for that?

May 20, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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It’s Dwight Howard silly rumor season.

Everyone knows the Lakers are still the front-runners in this race but the latest reports have the Rockets and Mavericks at least in a good stalking position to make a move once this race moves into the home stretch. Other teams may try to get into the mix as well.

But the Clippers? No. Never was going to happen. But just to reinforce that we have Ramona Shelburne of ESPN (who has been killing it lately).

I’ll give you a couple quick reasons. One: Money. Dwight wants a max deal; the man wants to get paid. The Clippers could do that if they convince the Lakers to take DeAndre Jordan back in a sign-and-trade… good luck with that. Or, they can trade Caron Butler or Eric Bledsoe for nothing, plus let Grant Hill and Willie Green go. Then after signing Dwight they could re-sign Chris Paul under his “Bird rights” to a max deal so there would be three max contracts on the roster. And then Donald Sterling can get ready to pay a lot of luxury tax — which you know he really wants to do.

Also, Howard wants a team where he is the star. Chris Paul is the Clippers star, unquestioned, and Blake Griffin is by his side and even more so is the face of local marketing. You think Howard fits there as a trio? And that’s not even discussing how that group seems an odd match on the court.

But there you go. Deal dead.

By the way, the Chris Paul to the Knicks rumors are just about this likely. He’s not leaving the Clippers.

  1. zerole00 - May 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    What’s worse, a post rejecting a non-possibility or an article detailing why a non-possibility isn’t likely in the first place?

    You guys are seriously reaching here.

    • cmehustle - May 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      I agree 100%. That being said however, have you seen comments from people, especially Lakers or Knicks fans about who they should go get or trade for? I can understand an article like this for that purpose…

  2. e5280 - May 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Dwight is a cancer. He’s everything that’s wrong about the NBA.

  3. andrewproughcfe - May 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    The problem with Howard to the Clippers is not so much money, and is certainly not “who gets to be the star”. In today’s NBA, everyone knows that in order to win championships you’ve got to have 3 stars.

    The problem is that Howard and Griffin play from the same spots on the court, have almost the same offensive skill sets, and both have similar problems with their games (free throws anyone?). Trying to squeeze two guys as starters into the same post position on offense and defense would make no sense. Unless you could convince one of them to start to develop a perimeter game – which they probably are not even capable of doing.

    • kylos13 - May 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Actually Griffin has started to develop a perimeter game. Still wouldn’t work with him on the Clippers though.

  4. deadeyedesign23 - May 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    You can’t complain about the Dwightmare and then contribute to it with this nonsense. If its a non issue don’t report it but you can’t ingratiate yourself with fans who are tired of this while posting about it for page views.

    • amitko - May 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Couldn’t agree more…sadly, Kurt seems to be a stranger to irony..

  5. jordanismyidol - May 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Sorry but dwight howard is a horrible player

  6. HotHotHeat - May 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Unlike the Shaq ordeal, Magic fans are enjoying this soap opera.

  7. sportsnut101 - May 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    No1 can do a sign n trade deal for him except nets cuz they have all star brook Lopez n only 3 yrs left on deal. I could see Dwight n meta for Lopez n brooks n a pick.

    Dwight already was the star on his own team It’s called the magic. Why would he wanna start all over again. What happens after Kobe retires next season. It’s Dwight n who. Nash yea right he won’t be healthy enough

    What happens if Kobe comes back on another 1 yr deal just to screw Dwight lol.

    Dwight be a dam man already. Go to rockets n team up with James harden

    • Kurt Helin - May 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Because they are over the tax apron, neither the Lakers or Nets can do a sign and trade.

  8. dirtydrew - May 20, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Dwight Howard…crickets. Nobody cares where this cancer goes.

  9. kchristainsen - May 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    So why is this a “top” story then?

  10. amitko - May 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Mr Helin, is the irony of this article really lost on you ? You don’t think we needed on Dwight not going to the Clippers…but an article on that needless report ? sure, why not ? that makes sense…right ?

  11. fearthehoody - May 20, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Wake me up when there is a “Clipps fire Vinny Del Negro” thread

  12. klownboy - May 20, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Why do we still care about Dwight Howard’s soft, non-decisive arse? I mean, REALLY???

    http://wp.me/1gCK6

  13. bucs24 - May 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Howard will sign with rockets, mark it down

    • psung26 - May 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Howard will resign with the Lakers, mark it down that bucs24 marked it down incorrectly.

  14. thundercocck - May 21, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Mr. Helin, your humor is just as stale as it is annoying. “Report: Dwight Howard not going to Clippers… did we need a report for that?” Seriously, how can you call yourself a journalist….

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