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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: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:26 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Way to fix the supposed problems with the NBA.  Another deal where big market teams get the superstars.  Not that I have a problem with it but that was one of the gripes of posters supporting the owners position.  I actually favor retraction of the league so the talent pool is not diluted.

Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:17 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Not true the Marlins have won two World Series by doing just that. The other teams just have to play their cards right.

Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:12 am
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Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:10 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Please don't make trade. Not a Magic fan but I say if the Lakers want Howard make them pay through the roof to get him. Ask for any two of Kobe, Gasol or Bynum.

Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:08 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Agree with this 100%. 

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:04 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Does this make Orlando an official farm team of the Lakers?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:00 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Glad I stopped giving a crap about the NBA when the greedfest (aka lockout) began because even if the Lakers don't manage to get Howard and Paul, the fact that they still have the ability to do so makes watching your non-big market team pointless. The NBA already allowed them to basically STEAL Gasol from Memphis and bring more titles to LA. Do you really think they'll stop them from stockpiling superstars too?
The NBA used to be great once, now it's a farce ... unless you live in a big city.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:56 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Way to protect the small markets during the lockout, NBA! 

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:56 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

Did I mention the Yankees specifically you moron? It's a fact in MLB at least 80% of the teams know year in and year out that they have no chance to even compete for a title. You think Royals fans expect to win anytime soon. Most of the teams in MLB are simply farm teams for the top 10 teams in the league. That's why at the trade deadline all the small teams lose their best players to contenders because the small teams can't afford to keep them so they trade them for prospects. Once any of those prospects make good??? They in turn get traded at the deadline to a real team. Again because the small market teams can't compete.

What's happening in the NBA is different because some of the small market teams have owners willing to spend the cash to keep their superstars. The only problem is that the superstarts have all the power. It doesn't matter if the Magic are willing to offer Dwight a max contract because they have no right of first refusal. So all Dwight has to do is make it known to the team that he wants to play for LA and will just sign with them as a FA. The Magic left with the option of getting nothing for him are forced to trade him for inferior players and draft picks that are worth little to nothing because they'll be at the very bottom of the 1st round. 

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:35 am

Report: Lakers want Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard

yea bc the yankees have been so dominant!!! 

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