Posted June 14, 2013

Dwight Howard, Chris Paul reportedly hoping to team up this summer

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Dwight Howard (right) and Chris Paul are both set to be unrestricted free agents this summer.

Dwight Howard (right) and Chris Paul are both set to be unrestricted free agents this summer. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dwight Howard and Chris Paul are reportedly looking to make one team very happy this summer.

The two marquee free agents of the offseason, Howard and Paul are hoping to join forces and play together in 2013-14, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard. “They would love to play together if somebody can make it happen,” a source told Broussard.

Both will be free agents come July 1. Howard, who averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in his first season with the Lakers, has been linked to several teams since Los Angeles was eliminated by the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. The Rockets and Mavericks are said to intrigue him.

Paul, 28, averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists and 2.4 steals in his second season with the Clippers. He reportedly was upset with the Clippers recently because he felt he was being wrongly blamed for the organization’s decision to fire coach Vinny Del Negro last month.

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ESPN.com reported that Howard’s hometown of Atlanta is a possibility for Howard and Paul, albeit an unlikely one. The website also reported that the two players would prefer to team up with the Clippers, who don’t have the cap space to sign Howard and would need to work a sign-and-trade deal with the Lakers for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

The Clippers would be open to working out a deal, but they fear the Lakers would never trade Howard to them, according to the sources.

But while trading Howard to a team in their own building seems unthinkable, the Lakers are not likely to get a better trade package elsewhere than say, Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe.

Sources say there was a faction of the Clippers organization that entertained the idea of trading Griffin for Howard when Howard wanted out of Orlando in 2012. But others within the franchise regarded Griffin as “untouchable,” and there were never any serious discussions with Orlando.

Griffin, 24, averaged 18 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Clippers and was deemed “too nice” by teammate Chauncey Billups.

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Paul and Howard have reportedly discussed teaming up since 2009.

“I tried to get him to come to New Orleans,” Paul told Yahoo! Sports last fall, referencing a failed bid to get Howard to join him when Paul played for the Hornets.

“We always wanted to play together,” Howard said to the website of Paul. “It didn’t happen that way.”

The two eyed Dallas as a possible meeting point, but were ultimately traded elsewhere. The Mavericks will have cap space this summer but not enough to sign both players.

26 comments
RenoNoone
RenoNoone

I'm sorry but ... Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are both max'd out - their games have nowhere else to go but down.   
Numbers don't lie.

Neither of them are max contract players.

mon1
mon1

I don't see d12 & cp3 to win championship so d12 to clippers for blake griffin make sense.

 

Mic
Mic

Black athletes are big babies whining all the time! This is what happens when you pay these ignorant athletes millions of dollars. They don't have a clue. I say the Lakers ought to let D12 go and cry with a new team. Save his salary for 2014 and sign someone with CLASS!

HTXsmackgear
HTXsmackgear

They are both fools if they don't team up with Harden at Houston.  You get a REAL big three and easily the best starting five in the NBA ... Paul-Harden-Parsons-PF-Howard

TomStrodtbeck
TomStrodtbeck

So which one gets to be Diana Ross? And who is relegated to being just a Supreme? Seriously, I would sort that out before we get into some weird, "Real Housewives of LA-Atlanta-Dallas-Whoever signs them" hair-pulling throw down....

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

They'll help their cause if they can curb their greed enough to not insist on max-deals, such as the way James, Wade, and Bosh did.

Dollars to donuts Howard and Paul won't, however.

6marK6
6marK6

I could never imagine in a million years the Clippers giving up Blake Griffin for freaking Dwight Howard, not to mention Bledsoe! This is fiction.

livestrong
livestrong

Dwight Howard is aprima dona!!! It's not worth the headache to get him. Chris Paul CAN DO BETTER!!

vicente
vicente

if them two wants to play together, dallas, lakers or the clippers or whoever wants to make the trade should do everything possible to make it happen. and i'm pretty sure dwight and CP3 would be willing to take some paycut to make it happen ala the miami big 3. i think it will be good for the game and should be a good match for the heat. i think it will depend who's coaching the clippers (doc rivers?) next season, but at the moment dallas would be in front because of rick carlisle. lakers will need to sack d'antoni for paul and howard to be interested.

TylerRums
TylerRums

Why would you want to play with Howard?  He is a big cry baby who has proven himself to be not somebody you can win the championship with.  

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

ok this is just ESPN making stuff up again, rememeber they wouldn't give up beldsoe for Garnett and I don't see this deal happening either, the clipps will just wait for howard to hit free agency although I think he will likely end up in houston they have the space, they have a budding young team and if he got with a coach like Mchale, I think Mchale would do everything he could do to help Howard out, as look I don't see him staying a laker and he probably regrets signing with them, as again, had Brooklyn not tried to ask for the moon they would've had him last year

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

The lunatics continue to run the asylum known as the NBA. How long will fans in cities that are not among the chosen few continue to waste their time and money supporting a team with no realistic chance of winning a title? I've got news for teams - Howard and Paul are not LeBron and Wade. They are not even Garnett and Pierce. Think Melo and Amare.

MichaelHarrison
MichaelHarrison

Oh look, nice young team, plenty of space in Orlando...oh wait.   #BurningBridges

Lacentral
Lacentral

Yea clippers can forget it! lol

magicalhorton
magicalhorton

@Ball_or_Nuthin  

yes, yes he could shoulder the load. Lol he carried that team to the finals. Course this was before he got hurt, but nonetheless.

No one does it alone, not even close. Just go bury yourself under a rock or something.

jbk1234
jbk1234

@Lacentral Lakers would be crazy to turn down a trade for Bledsoe and Griffin.  They will probably lose Dwight for nothing.  I thought under the new CBA that they couldn't do this.   

Lacentral
Lacentral

@jbk1234 @Lacentral bro i can't even tell you! all i know is as a lakers fan howard can stay or go idc anymore! we have a punk for a coach & now a player who wants to bitch & complain?? dude just stfu & ball! from what i heard BG32 can't be traded but who knows!!!!! & if we lose D12 so be it not the end of the world for us. but if he keeps acting the way he is it will be the end for him!

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@Lacentral @jbk1234 As an Orlando fan, we tried to warn you guys.  Having Howard on your team's just not worth it, especially now that he's been injured. 

If the Clippers offer Griffin and Bledsoe, take it and sign the paperwork fast before they can change their minds.

pcwhite2
pcwhite2

@Lacentral @jbk1234 

The Lakers would be crazy to turn down Griffin and Bledsoe.  You'd have Bledsoe as your sixth man (or starting, depending on Nash's health), slide Gasol to the 5, slot Griffin in the 4.  All they need is a stretch 3 to start or to spell World Peace, as well as a three point shooter.  The bigs off the bench will be healthy, unlike last year.