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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. 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. 


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: 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.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:59 am

Howard denies Clippers on his list

Screw his list

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:32 pm

Clippers now fourth team on Howard's list?

If it can be done, do it... why not....

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:25 pm

Clippers now fourth team on Howard's list?

Hey Dwight - Jump on the bandwagon, why don't you? 

Just goes to show, the guy is not a LEADER.  He's doesn't have the true heart of a champion.

If you ask me, the Clippers are better off without him.  With a core of CP3, Chanuncey, Griffin, Deandre, Caron, Mo, etc, plus unsung heroes like Foye, Gomes and Reggie Evans, this team can make it to the conference finals THIS YEAR.  Give them more time to gel and they could win it all.

Griffin is a transcendent player, CP3 is a straight up winner.

We'll take the winners, you have the whiners!!

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:04 pm

Clippers now fourth team on Howard's list?

Players are free to play anywhere they want after they fulfill their obilgation on current contract, that is correct. Here is what the REAL issue is, though:

These guys are soooo pampered that they dont even realize the HARD WORK it takes to win a championship.  They feel they should just be handed the trophy.  These guys are so comical, and they dont even realize it.  I would NEVER even bother trading for a guy that whines and cries and complains that he wants to go "where he has a chance to win".

REALLY??!!!  Why dont you try looking at yourselves in the mirror and tell me if you see a winner there?? Amazing!  Cleveland leads the league with 60+ wins TWO YEARS IN A ROW and then LeFraud SUCKS both years in the playoffs and its his "teammates fault"???  Dwight Howard was in the NBA FINALS just two years ago, correct???  And his team gives him no chance to win???  REALLY??? And why is that?  Oh, maybe because HE only averages 18 pts and 12 rebounds per game.  And this is a legit superstar???  REALLY??  Because right now Spencer Hawes is averaging 15 and 12...and he makes about 15 mil per year less and doesnt whine or complain.  He goes out and plays hard every night and helps his team win.  I am NOT saying Hawes is anywhere near as talented as Howard, but as far as attitude and hard work goes...he blows him away!

Howard, LeBron, Bosh, etc, etc are a bunch of whiny punks that want everything handed to them.  BUT it still takes hard work to win a championship, something NONE of them is willing to put in.  Thats why these guys are losers and will continue to fail regardless of where they go and who they play with.  The big problem is THEM!  Unfortunately, they have to take themselves with them and this means they bring the same loser, whiny mentality.  Give me a true TEAM that learns to play together and WIN together and I'll take on any Knick, Heat, fradulent "dream team" you want to put out there.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:22 pm

Clippers now fourth team on Howard's list?

I agree with BRock with the exception of the LeBron comment.  All indications are that LeBaby led Cleveland on when he really had no intention of staying there.  That being said, everyone has the right to work where they want as long as they can get hired there.  Doesn't matter what the job or salary is.  The only thing they ask is that you give notice and isn't that exactly what Howard is doing?

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:07 am

Clippers now fourth team on Howard's list?

So let me make sure I'm reading this correctly.  A man signs a contract with a team for x amount of years.  That man plays out that x amount of years and in the last year of that contract that he has honored, he says "I'm more than likely leaving to one of these destinations and if you want to get anything at all for me leaving you can trade me there.  I have no issue playing out the rest of my contract here and parting ways if thats what you want also." That makes him an overpaid primadonna superstar spoiled ballplayer? The fact that he lived up to what he signed and will be a FREE AGENT? Isnt that the point of free agency?  As much flack as Lebron gets for "The Decision" people forget he played out his contract and gave them the years he signed the contract for.  D Howard has every right in the world to tell them he wont be back next year and where he intends to go just as you have every right to switch your place of employment if you feel you can be more profitable or have a better environment and chance of success elsewhere.   

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:02 pm

Clippers now fourth team on Howard's list?

I said the Clippers would be a great trading partner as soon as CP3 landed there.  DeAndre Jordan would make a very good starting point of a package that could be sent back.  

This wouldn't guarantee the Clips anything of course ... "Stars" dont' win championships TEAMS do.  All you have to do is look at how Miame lost last year and how the Knicks are flailing around and losing as well.

But .. it certainly would make the Clips more of a contender than they already are.

Nets are a joke  and noone wants a used-up and overpaid Gasol or Bambi-Bynum and his balky knees .. Mavs and Dirk had their run last year ... the Clips would be the best spot for him, like I said a long time ago.   

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:56 pm

Clippers now fourth team on Howard's list?

The Magic are fools if they wait until Howard is a free agent. Howard is gone, plain and simple. Orlando does not have the contract flexibility to build a contender with Hedo and others being so over paid. They can play these four teams against each other and get a great stash of talent going forward, rid themselves of Hedo's horrendous contract while he is playing well and move forward as a solid team or they can go the way of Toronto and Cleveland, taking scraps for their star and facing years of rebuilding even to be competitive.

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:56 pm

Clippers now fourth team on Howard's list?




Imagine if Dwight were to form a Big 3 in Dallas, that would be amazing....but would the Magic really be fine with just getting DeAndre Jordan if they are already declining the Lakers offers for Bynum, I think they'd want the jackpot with Griffin

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:47 pm

Clippers now fourth team on Howard's list?

I agree with MikeD5405

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