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Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:31 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:46 am
 


By Matt Moore
 


The Los Angeles Lakers have a championship core. This same group of players were responsible for two out of the past three titles, and even without the services of Phil Jackson, there's every reason to believe that this team as-is can win another title with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum as its engine. But what comes after? The Lakers have begun looking to the future. They don't just want to stay competitive towards the end of Kobe Bryant's career, they want to transition seamlessly into their next phase of dominance.

And that means acquiring one of the big free agents in 2012, Dwight Howard or Chris Paul. Except they don't want one of those two. They reportedly want both.

From Mark Heisler, who covered the Lakers as a beat writer before taking up with SheridanHoops.com:
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.

Oh, and Dwight likes the Lakers. Asked which All-Star he would most like to play with last season, he answered “Kobe Bryant.”
via Lakers will look to acquire Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

Just to review. We just had a five-month lockout because teams were upset about large market teams acquiring multiple stars, scavenging small markets and leaving them with nothing. And the Los Angeles Lakers and their 17 professional basketball championships are aiming for both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Glad we lost those 16 games over this.

There are a large numbrer of reasons why this is unlikely to happen. For starters, Chris Paul reportedly has New York as his first choice. Secondly, the biggest advantage the Lakers have is the assets to trade for Paul which the Knicks don't have. But the new CBA does have one new stipulation to prevent such dealings, the extend-and-trade adjustments. While sign-and-trade restrictions don't take effect until 2013, early reports indicate that extend-and-trade restrictions are immediate. The changes say that the same setup that Carmelo Anthony used to get his way to New York and get the extra year on his deal via Bird Rights is different.

The changes to the CBA suggest that teams that extend-and-trade a player can only extend him for three, versus the maximum four-year extension or five year re-sign he gets for staying with the home team. The only way around that is a six-month waiting period. The Hornets could re-sign Paul to the full Bird rights extension and then trade him, but they would have to wait six months. But a more likely scenario would see the following scenario: the Lakers can trade for Paul in the final year of his contract and then extend him, but that must be done after six months. Which means, they have to acquire him six months prior to his free agency beginning on July 1. Which means they have to acquire him by... January 1. With a season starting on the 25th. Not exactly a lot of time to pull that off.

All of these elements are in place for Dwight Howard, and Deron Williams (should the Nets just give up for some reason) as well.



The most likely scenario involves Paul entering free agency, and then signing a four year contract with Los Angeles or New York. But if the Lakers were to acquire Paul prior to free agency, it would give them an extra year to offer Paul, and it's hard to imagine him passing that up. Max contracts with bird-rights are five years, as opposed to the four-year counting option-year of an extension.

But if the Lakers want to acquire either player (or both, if we like fantasies), then they're going to need to trade some of that core. Specifically, Jim Buss would have to give up on his pet project, Andrew Bynum. Lamar Odom and pieces might be able to acquire Chris Paul, but there's no sense in bringing in Howard and pairing him with Bynum. Either playing power forward would be clunky and awkward. Where this leaves Pau Gasol is yet to be seen.

Hornets fans have to love all this. LOVE IT.
Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

D-Dodd,

Why do you think, the Nets will like to take Hedo's big and heavy contract? They will have to pay for D.Williams and Dw.Howard. The Russian multimilioner is not a stupid to go for that kind of a deal. But, if Deron decides to leave New Jersey anyway, then here comes the other big question. Do you think Dwight will like to go to a team, which is not going to be a contender, with no other AllStar player on the roster and playing with guys like Turkoglu, Farmar and Vujacic? If you are on Dwight's place, are you going to accept that? You have to realize, that no NBA team will ever take the 3 years remaining contracts of Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas for a $ 16 milions a year. Even if the other piece in the packege is Dwight Howard.The Magics have to live with their managerial mistakes, just like the Lakers. That is the reality. 



Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Tomk0419,

Lets be realistic.The lakers can not land both of them. It is just imposible. The Shaq and Kobe deals was made posible by two other men with names Jerry (Buss and West). They are both gone. Now the show is running Jimmy. The guy who never takes off his baseball cup and never ever wear a suit & tie. The other one is Mitch "The Pich" Kupchak. Do you really think these two can make that kind of a deals? Of course not, right? But no one can stop us to dream. And yes. No team in the World can beat the Lakers with CP @ 1, KB @ 2 and DH @ 5.That is for sure.



Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

I AGREE WITH YOU!
THE BUSS FAMILY WANTS WINNERS!
DWIGHT & CP3 WILL MAKE THEM WINNER'S!



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:16 am
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Boltbacker83....nicely done...nothing needs to be added to your quip....moving on nothing to see here except for a whiny Canadian loser.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

RIchieRIches-  You still on here crying about salary caps and The Lakers?  Still hating on Kobe comparing him to Allen Iverson?  You are just a BITTER toronto fan that knows his season is over before it starts LOL!!!    I L.O.L @ you Richieriches (should we replace the R's in your profile name with B's?)  _itchie_itches  haha.  Loser.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

This season will basically be a workout season. I will not attend or purchase any NBA gear this year. LIKE if you agree !!!



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

The Lakers might have a play for Howard since they have big men to offer, but they don't have enough guards to give up (unless they do the impossible and give up Kobe) to get Paul.  But with Howard, Lopez is younger & has yet to miss a game in his NBA career.  Gasol is overrated, & Bynum gets injured too much to be valuable. & if they're thinking about getting Paul as well, they definitely don't have the space to take Turkoglu's contract like the Nets will.  I think that Howard is either going to the Nets or the Lakers (probably the Nets) & if Paul leaves New Orleans he'll go to the Knicks.  I don't think Paul will be traded though



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

They will add Odom and a couple of draft picks, plus cash. Odom was 6th man of the year, Bynum is the only 7'1" 290 lb Back to the basket center out there. Shaq is GONE !!!



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

The celtics are getting ready to trade Rondo, so WHY would Dwight want to come to Boston??? The lakers will have CP3 mark my words, Dwight will follow.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

New Jersey could be offering the sun and the moon, Dwight does not want to play there, there isn't a snow balls chance that it happens, He wants to win a ring, and with Miami in the east, he will most likely go west, and his best bet would be the Lakers. The will put together a package with Bynum, Odom and other pieces. it will happen, just like it did for Shaq, and as I remember it, NO ONE thought the Lakers could land Shaq AND Kobe together, and they did. So Dwight and CP is not out of the question. A laker team with Dwight at Center, CP at the point and Kobe as the Shooting Guard would be very formidable.


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