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Howard denies Clippers on his list

Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:15 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 9:40 am
 
Posted by Royce Young and Matt Moore

Update Wednesday 9:36 a.m.: Howard denied that he had added the Clippers to his list Tuesday, via the Orlando Sentinel. SheridanHoops.com responded to the report by indicating that the Clippers are on his list but that due to the CBA, he woul be unable to join the Clippers until later this summer:
The key word in that question is “now.”

Because right now, he wants to play for the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers — and the Lakers are a distant third on that list. The Clippers would be something to consider if circumstances over the next several months make those first three destinations unattainable, and as I reported in my story on the Howard-Clippers possibility, it would only happen next summer through a sign-and-trade (a detail too many people are overlooking).
via More on Dwight Howard and the Clippers. 

Whether you believe Howard as a flat denial or that the Clippers could be a possibility if he reaches free agency, don't expect Howard to be joining Lob City this season, if ever. 

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It's the power of Blake. It already brought Chris Paul to the Clippers and it could have Dwight Howard interested in joining Lob City.

Howard has a list of teams he's reportedly interested in and it includes the Nets, the Lakers and the Mavericks (along with the Magic, I guess). But you can add one more: the Clippers. Via Sheridan Hoops:
SheridanHoops.com learned exclusively Monday that Howard recently expanded his list of preferred future destinations, adding the Clippers to a list that already included the Nets, the Mavericks and the Lakers.

“He’s been watching them a lot. He’s intrigued by the Clippers,” said the source, who is privy to the trade talks that have taken place between all of the aforementioned teams.

That source also said it now appears more likely that Howard will play out the season with the Magic, who improved to 9-3 Monday afternoon by defeating the New York Knicks 102-93 while making 17 3-pointers and getting just 8 points and 10 rebounds from Howard.

Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, already has been given permission to speak to the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers about possible trades. It was unclear if similar permission has been granted in regards to trade talks with the Clippers.

But the source said the most likely scenario that would land Howard in Lob City would be an offseason sign-and-trade deal.

The Clippers aren't really in need of a big man as they just signed DeAndre Jordan to a long extension, but you don't say no to Howard. Especially to the idea of a trio of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. If the Clips are Lob City now, that would be Lob Universe, Dunk Continent or Oop Galaxy. It would be... something.

It doesn't seem to be the most plauisble destination for Howard as the Clips are fairly structured right now and Howard could be a fit elsewhere. But if he doesn't get traded before the deadline -- and it's looking less likely that will happen -- his options will be open to a whole lot of places, including both Los Angeles teams.

Howard has options. The Mavs have positioned themselves to make a strong run at both him and Deron Williams this summer. The Nets could do the same. The Lakers might offer Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to get him at the deadline. Or maybe the Clippers decide to go all out and try and work that sign-and-trade, which could include Jordan.

Whatever the case, one thing seems to be a constant right now: These scenarios most definitely do not include Orlando.
Comments

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:41 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

He's the best AND the most overrated center.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

So you all would rather him not say a word about anything at all, play out his contract and then leave?  I mean realistically that sounds like what your all saying.  Problem with that would be that once he leaves you would say he should have given a clue or said something so Orlando wouldnt have lost him for nothing.  NEWSFLASH THIS ISNT SLAVERY!!!  The man is in the last year of his contract and is free to go and do whatever he desires after this year.  Interesting how you can talk about loyalty and how he should stay but a team can trade away their stars who have been loyal wheneever its best for them.  Its business for the players just like its business for the teams.  D Howard has just as much right to leave as Boston has to trade Paul Pierce.   



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

In a perfect world, a gutsy owner would cut Dwight, tell him his attitude towards his team is unacceptable and  on with life. But, this is where we live...

 No. That benefits Dwight way too much.  In MY perfect world an owner and gm call him and his agents in for a meeting, tell him to shut his mouth or he gets benched.  And if that doesn't work and his conduct hurts the team he gets suspended.  And in a perfect world the owner tells him he's not getting traded anywhere, either sign an extension or leave when you become a free agent.  Take 30 million dollars less in your next deal and f*** off.   Only playing hardball like that would work with these prima donnas in sports today. 



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

Yeah, I'm not sure how you can be the most overrated center in the league when he is by far the best center in the league.



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:03 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

I agree, getting annoying to listen to these places he wants to go.  But to say he's the most overrated center is ludicrous at best.  



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:50 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

this is becoming out of hand. shut up already howard and play. he's the most overrated center in the league anyway



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

How do Magic fans not boo this guy out of the building every night? Howard, I used to like you, but your starting to annoy me. You're on Orlando's roster. How do you think your teammates feel listening to this garbage every day?



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:34 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

Don't matter cause Bulls will still be the team...as D Rose says " I just wanna win"



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:27 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

His ego is getting in way of things, he seems to be under the impression that he's a pivotal offensive player when really he's a liability. He only offers a team solid defensive rebounding and shotblocking. Offensively he can't dominate unless he's in the paint. He has no mid-range shot, he can't even make 50% of his free throw shots. The ball has to be distributed to him...in the paint for him to be a dominate factor. Most defenses do what they can to limit the touches Howard gets or they hack him knowing full well he'll miss a free throw shot or two.

Is he a great player? yeah. Would I build a team around him?..no. His best bet is to join a team that alright has a decent center, so that he can play as power forward.



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

This is exactly why the NBA is becoming (or already is) a joke.  The individual star is more important than the team or the game

Exactly. I wish that our collective reaction (media included) to Dwight was, "Who the %$#@ cares about you and your 'list'. Shut-up and play ball!" In a perfect world, a gutsy owner would cut Dwight, tell him his attitude towards his team is unacceptable and move on with life. But, this is where we live...


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