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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:25 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.

The owners could have fixed this problem but instead chose to cave in and sign the new CBA without thinking about the future of the game.  The NBA needs a hard cap, end of story.  A hard cap would make it near impossible for superstars to make demands like this or hold teams hostage in any way.  They couldn't team up to form "dream teams" even if they wanted to.   But as long as there is no hard cap, the NBA will never succeed and the league will remain a joke.  It'll remain a league where only 5 or 6 teams have a chance to win a championship every year, while everybody else just plays out the string for profit.... profit that comes from the fans pockets.

There could be one more solution, but the owners don't have the balls to do it.  The new CBA rewards players more then ever to stay put, it can cost superstars as much as 30 million dollars to leave their existing team and sign somewhere else.  BUT... the owners are gutless pukes so they give in, they do these sign and trades and allow superstars to form these dream teams and get maximum wage

Believe me, if owners stuck to their guns and these guys knew they would lose 30 million dollars just to play somewhere else more superstars would stay with their current teams.  These players or at least 90 percent of them are greedy, they have no interest in losing money.  The owners can at least help prevent some of these players from leaving smaller markets to play in the spotlight, but they have to sacrifice to do this...and they refuse to sacrifice.  Furthermore most fans are stupid and believe in sign and trades, thinking that getting something in a trade for a superstar they are going to lose is better then nothing when in reality that's flat out stupid thinking.  The teams trading these players NEVER get even close to full market value and will never win anything.  Rather then give in and let superstars know they can play wherever they want AND get paid their full max salary, it makes more sense to rebuild without them, finishing higher in the draft and look for another superstar rather then be mediocre year after year.

But things will never change in the NBA... it's the biggest joke in the sports world today.  There isn't even ONE other sport in the world where the players run the show like they do in this league....



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

I have grown tired of howard trade possibilities from websites, columnist, so called nba experts & dwight howard himself.  Howard is under contract this year so just shut up & play & quit talking(tweeting or whatever) to press about it.  in some sense this is like the Lebron free agency play.  too much hype.  The NBA is playing after a lockout so just play. 



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:04 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.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:45 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

I believe he is going to be a Net thats the only place without a superstar he can take that team to new heights. They have the tools to make him a champion one day.

What tools?  The Nets are horrible other than Deron Williams, and there is no guarantee he stays even if the Nets get Howard in a trade.  And what do the Nets have to trade?  An injured Brook Lopez and ????????????  As you point out, New Jersey is the "only place without a superstar".  "New Heights" for the Nets at th is point would be a .500 record, not making Howard a "champion one day" (and I am ignoring the inconsistency of saying "he (Howard) can take them to new heights" and "they (the Nets) have the tools to make him a champion one day").  If Howard wants to win anytime soon, then he wants to be in LA, Dallas or Chicago, places like that---teams that are good now and have assets the Magic would want without gutting the team to get Howard.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:33 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

Lamar Odom + Brendan Haywood and/or Ian Mihimi + Roddy Beaubois + draft picks = Dwight Howard 


Hell, give them Dominique Jones while we're at it.


Let's get it done.


I wish. Frown 



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:31 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

What a Diva



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:28 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

Dwight Howard is a shipwrenk. He is handling this as badly as Lebron/ Bosh did. He keeps giving Orlando false hope, changes his mind and says things to be popular whether he means them or not.

Dwight, make a decision, be honest and people will respect you for it. But stop hedging.



Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:22 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

I believe he is going to be a Net thats the only place without a superstar he can take that team to new heights. They have the tools to make him a champion one day.



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:07 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

You are so right, that is why the Mavs beat the heat last year. They were the "true team" you are talking about. They were a bunch of talented old guys who did the little things to win because they had to wait so long to do it. They knew from past experiences that it wasn't going to be handed to them. 
 



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:07 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

lol, Howard must of watched last night's poor performance by Los Angeles.  Clippers lost by 29 to Utah.  That'll change anyone minds real quick.


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