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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
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.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:15 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Both NO and Orl can get significantly more for their guys than Gasol and Bynum. NJ is apparently offering Lopez, multiple first rounders and eating Turk's contract for Howard. The Lakers cant compete with that. Bynum is a nice player, but he is nothing special and he is about as healthy as Greg Oden.

Gasol is the softest big man in the league. People give Bosh a hard time about being soft, but Bosh abused Gasol each time they played last year. Gasol for CP3 is comical. NO is better off taking Rondo straight up (and we all know that will be a last resort trade for NO).

Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:22 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

I hope the Celtics get Dwight Howard.
Go Celtics

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:44 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Excuse me haven't the NBA learned anything from the way the Heat got their big three?   Besides there is no way that you could trade even up Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard nobody could be that dumb

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:58 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

 The Lakers better grab somebody quick... Kobe isn't getting any younger. And he isn't going to age well in the NBA. He still shoots whenever he wants to and from wherever he wants to. He'll end up being the next A.I. Surround his with enough talent so he cant possibly lose, wait a minute werent the Lakers first in Team Payroll last year by a wide margin? Oops... 

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:51 am


Occupy the NBA- that would actually require people to protest the correct target by sapping ticket and merchandise sales to directly impact the product.  That requires way to much logic and common sense.  Occupy something else, like Microsoft since they probably developed the computer program that the banks use to help the owners accrue interest which they then turn around and use for their operations INCLUDING PLAYER SALARIES!


Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:36 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Occupy NBA?



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:04 pm

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

LOL, Players Lose....

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:27 pm

Right back to where we were.

It's nice to see that the system is right back to where it was before. Big names available, but only to LA, NY, Chicaka, whatever. It doesn't matter. I won't be watching a single game no matter what, even as I lobby my city leaders to NOT give the NBA a single dime of tax payer dollars to build the Knings a new playpen.

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:02 pm

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Loved your post lindro!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:15 pm

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

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