Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Western Conference center Dwight Howard (left) of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs with forward Blake Griffin (32) of the Los Angeles Clippers during practice for the 2013 NBA all star game at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Los Angeles Clippers Unlikely to Land Dwight Howard

Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Western Conference center Dwight Howard (left) of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs with forward Blake Griffin (32) of the Los Angeles Clippers during practice for the 2013 NBA all star game at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

While a recent report surfaced that the Los Angeles Clippers will be in play for Dwight Howard once free agency begins, it is highly unlikely that any deal will take place. In order for Howard to join the Clippers and Chris Paul, the team would need to complete a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers. The report from SportsOnEarth.com states Clippers owner Dwight Sterling to do whatever it takes to land Howard and retain Paul.

“Whatever it takes” sounds good in a report, but the Clippers would in no way do anything for Howard.

Forget the fact that the Clippers and Lakers almost certainly would not complete a trade of this magnitude for a minute, which already makes the deal highly unlikely.

New Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul would not want to watch the team trade away Blake Griffin in any deal. Unfortunately, in order to get Howard, that is something that would need to happen. If not, there is no way that the team could afford Howard, Paul and Griffin with their contracts. It just wouldn’t work.

It may be nice to think that Howard could remain in Los Angeles and join Paul with the Clippers, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

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