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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: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Heck, I could play for the Lakers and we'd make the playoffs.

Ummm, you could SIT THE BENCH AND NOT PLAY A MINUTE FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON for the Lakers and THEY would make the playoffs.

An early reminder of just how much the NBA sucks compared to the NFL.

What?  The percentage of teams that are always in the NBA playoffs is comparable to the percentage of teams that are always in the NFL playoffs. 

And why do people post on something they say they could care less about?  It's like UFC fans going on boxing forums.....still don't get that one either.





Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Everyone hates teams that build to that extent. Drafting and building for the future is something a team like the Lakers doesn't do and therefore everyone hates.



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Howard and Paul = two more WUSSIES....Maybe Paul should go to Los Angeles, but to play with Blake Griffin and THE CLIPPERS!! That would be exciting....challange the Lakers for LA. But no.....let's all take th easy road. Heck, I could play for the Lakers and we'd make the playoffs. An early reminder of just how much the NBA sucks compared to the NFL.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

The article is useless enough, but the comments are worth it.. Love the D.C guy who thinks Dwight Howard is dying to join John Wall, so he can spend the next five years going backwards. He maybe friends with Wall, I wouldnt know,but regardless going to the Wizards really doesn't seem to be the dream of any player trying to win a championship. Maybe if it mattered that the cities other teams have a few young talented guys,it might help. What good does it do Dwight Howard to know that the Nats have Strassburg? Or that the Caps fresh off firing the coach have Ovi? Are they all going to play on some softball team together? Great post. D.C is certainly tempting with all those stars that have nothing to do with one another. Maybe Chris Paul wants to be on the Knicks because Derrel Revis plays for the jets.



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

And if true, that is why this Nets fan has had waning interest in this game since Jason Kidd forced his way out of town. There is no incentive to back a small market team if the players will work their way out of town.  The NBA could consolidate down to 14 teams with this culture, and no one would miss a beat. What incentive is there me, as a Nets fan, to attend a single game, watch a game on TV, follow them in the newspaper, or buy merchandise? Absolutely none.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

lol @ CBS Sports.

I commented on another article you had up a few hours ago  

 

Report: The Clippers are going hard after Howard

Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:59 pm

I said :

 I also read a rumor they are going hard after Chris Paul.

Who do they trade that is appealing for either of those guys? You would have to think unless Eric Gordon is involved there wouldn't be much trade talk. Both teams could get better packages elsewhere then the Clippers could offer them. 

I would say each and every team in the league has had conversations about both players, whether they can make a deal or not. 

Royce Young and Matt Moore need to get there game up, or realize they are posting the same articles and one is missing information.You probably even lie about the times you post them.

Frown 



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

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.

Yea, Matt, that's what it was all about. Glad you reminded us of how simple it all really should have been. Hack.



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Everyone knows that Dwight Howard wants to play alongside John Wall. Superman wants to play for hte most powerful city in the world, and wants to play with young talented players who need a revival, not just for a franchise, but for a city who's only saving grace, the Capitals, is going down hill now as well. I can imagine...John Wall, Dwight Howard, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Ovechkin, all hangin out, owning this city. What, no Redskins? Sorry, there's noone on the Redskins that could be considered one of the best at their positions, unless you count punters, Sav Rocca...(yay...)



Chris Paul can go to the Lakers in exchange for Bynum, who is terrible. 





 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Ahhhh...Yes....

Now I know the lockout is over.  The Laker hate has officially begun.  Welcome back haters.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

As far as the poster claiming that Howard is going to the Clippers, the only players that are willing to play for Donald Sterling are newly drafted players (because it is their only option) and over the hill players that no one else is willing to take a risk on.  Anyone with an option to go else where doesn't want any part of that lune!


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