Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers Will “Do Whatever It Takes” to Sign Dwight Howard


As we sit under 48 hours away from free agency starting, the biggest name on the market remains Dwight Howard. The Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are three teams that are leading push to land Howard this offseason but it seems a fourth team has dipped it’s toe back into the water and is preparing to make their own push to get Howard on their roster.

According to Shaun Powell, the Clippers are going to be in play for Howard and the front office has been given the green light to do “whatever it takes” to land Howard.

 

The Clippers were rumored to be interested in Dwight Howard but the question of how to fit him in the salary cap has come up and poses a problem. The Clippers aren’t worried about paying the luxury tax but they may not be able to offer him as much money as the other three teams involved. Powell also reported that while the Clippers do indeed want Howard and will do whatever it takes to get him, there are still limits.

Los Angeles isn’t hot on the idea of adding Howard if it means they can’t keep Chris Paul which means it’s either both of them or just Paul. There’s also the matter of Blake Griffin, who is also a guy the Clippers don’t want to give up.

The bottom line seems to be that it will be an interesting saga to watch in terms of who pursues Howard and how hard they go after him. Teams know sacrifice will be involved if they want to land Howard, and the Clippers don’t seem willing to accept the fact that they can’t have their cake and eat it too.

Tags: Dwight Howard Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers NBA

  • JamFan

    A sign and trade with the Lakers giving up Deandre Jordan, Caron Butler, and Eric Bledsoe should do the trick. Because of DAntoni’s system, the Lakers will need a center who can run, and a young PG who is as fast as lighting. They also get an upgrade at the 3, and Butler’s contract is expiring anyway. The 3 contracts add up to 21.6 million. I think that makes the trade numbers work, and clears the cap space the Clippers need to take on Howards new contract. Or the Lakers can be stubborn and lose Howard getting nothing in return.

    • LakeShow

      I rather get nothing in return than that garbage

      • JamFan

        The garbage beat the Lakers 4 straight last year. So what does that make the Lakers. Let’s see, what is lower than garbage…uh…hmmm….Jim Buss.

    • Brandon4Lakers

      OR the CLIPPERS are being to stubborn and not giving Blake Griffin…That’s trash….D’antoni probably won’t be the coach if the Lakers get on a horrible start. Blake can work in the triangle. Deandre Jordan is a bust.

      • JamFan

        The Clippers will not trade Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard regardless of what other assets are involved. There are some people that don’t believe that Howard will ever be 100% again. Blake is just going to get even better heading into his prime. And the Clippers will beat the Lakers every game next year, just like last year.

    • LakerSteve

      Earth to JamFan – come in JamFan… static… more static… I don’t know if you’re trying to make a funny or if you’re serious. That is, absolutely, the most idiotic and unrealistic trade proposal I’ve ever seen in my 40 years of following the NBA. Here’s a better trade. The Lakers get Griffin, Bledsoe and Butler. The Clippers get Dwight and MWP. Why MWP? Because that’s the cost of doing business with the team you share a building with. As for the Lakers being stubborn and getting nothing for Dwight, it’s better than the garbage you proposed. And, keep in mind, the Clippers won’t be the only team that wants to do a sign and trade. What if Dwight still wants to play in New Jersey? They have Brooke Lopez and lots of pieces.

      • JamFan

        Too bad the Clippers were able to beat that Lakers last year every single game and only had to use garbage. Earth to Laker Steve…..The Clippers are not trading Blake to the Lakers for Dwight Howard. Hek, they might even sign him without trading for him at all. It must be hard for Laker fans to come to the realization that free agent players and even coaches would rather become Clippers rather than Lakers. Why? the Lakers are now completely broken down forever with Jim Buss running the show an no way to get rid of him.

  • Jah

    Once again, delusional L.A. fans thinks because they own Howard’s Bird Rights, they control where he goes. Newsflash: Wrong!

    Did you just read the stupid article? The Clippers can only offer him “less money than the teams competing” for Howard service. It didn’t say, “less money than the Lakers” as if the Clippers can offer him the same 88 millions the other teams can. No, they can offer him LESS than 88 millions. You think Howard going for that just to play with Paul? Please.

    In that case, Chris Paul would be better off teaming up with Howard in Houston. The Lakers have no sway. They are NOT gonna use Howard to get Griffen, DeAndre Jordan or shit like that. Howard is already on record having voiced his displeasure with Lakers fans. Why would he want to see them get good players???

    Howard will LEAVE L.A. and join the Rockets in Texas. We can offer him 88 millions and with no state income taxes, he’ll still make MORE in salary in the first 4 years. He can then do another max deal and make more than the 30 millions L.A. would’ve offered in a 5th year. The Lakers are tapped out. They have no leverage….nothing, which is why they scooping to desperate measures begging Howard like an ex b**ch. Lol.

    HTOWN BABY!!

    Yeaaahh Booyyyy!