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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: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:43 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

You don't just "form" a new league that easily..... to say the owners are just as important as the players would ever be is incredibly insane thinking.

No s**t. I tried to give the benefit of doubt and not explain further, but I should have known better.


In the big picture, the owners need the STAR PLAYERS a lot more than the star players need them -- that's a fact. Let's say the owners walked away from their franchises -- locked the doors for good. Do you think guys like Dwight Howard would never make millions of dollars playing basketball again? Would professional basketball in the United States just go away? Hell no it wouldn't. The arenas these owners left would be in a panic, as would the NBA front office, as would the cities that these teams play in. A new group of owners would be on the first thing smoking trying to form a new league. Obviously, which apparently wasn't so obvious to you, it would take time to put in motion but it would eventually happen. The players gave in to the new CBA because the union represents ALL PLAYERS, not just the stars. The 7th and 8th guy on the bench can't afford to be out of work for however long it took for a new league to form -- Lebron James, and guys like him that make the league all it's money, would be perfectly fine. 


Owners come a dime a dozen, 7 foot athletic freaks of nature don't. Who do you think is in more demand? The one of a lifetime, or just some guy with money? There's people with money all over the world. It wouldn't be hard to find 30+ businessmen willing to give the players the split they were asking for. A league needs owners, they just don't need THESE owners.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:33 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

If the owners were to walk away from the NBA, a new league would definitely form. The NBA didn't just appear one day from outer space. 


LOL  Right back at you man because that's crazy thinking.  If forming a league was even a possibility with this union they wouldn't be giving up 50 percent of the BRI to the owners.  The players and their union/investors would gladly enjoy taking 100 percent instead.

If you're talking about other owners stepping in, that wouldn't be a good thing for these players nor would they make the kind of money they make today.  It would take an easy 2 to 3 years for the new league to form, would mean millions, sometimes 10's of millions lost for the players, some careers would be cut short and the starting salaries would decrease to half or much less then half of what the salaries are today.

You don't just "form" a new league that easily..... to say the owners are just as important as the players would ever be is incredibly insane thinking.   



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:10 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

D12 just needs to take care of improving those horrendous looking free throws. The fans at the arena need to wear hazmat gear before he projects those missles coming out of his hands. 44%...really??? Go to Boston and join Rondo so all we would have to do in LA would be to employ the "hacka D&R" strategy every game to gain an advantage on the court.

    Sorry, but he needs serious work. He makes Rondo look like Pistol Pete shooting free throws. Rick Barry to the rescue...under-handed or not, his 90% accuracy doubles D12's present numbers at the "charity" stripe. Howard would elevate his numbers to 25-30 pts. and 15 rebs. per game with a little work...aye?



Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:20 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

who cares superman can't hit a free throw, playoff liability! 



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:41 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

Sorry but that's a stupid argument to say the least.  If it wasn't for the owners there would be no NBA.  For that matter there wouldn't be an NHL or NFL or MLB or anything else.  Where do you work?  Do you and your fellow employees run the show and tell your boss what you can or can't do?  I highly doubt it......  ever wonder why not even one union in any sport when the CBA expires cuts ties with the owners and set up their own league?  The answer to that question is the players aren't capable of starting or running their own league, they don't have the cash or the assets or the brains to get the job done.  And in the world I live in I learned something a long time ago. If you don't have the ability to do something yourself then you are going to be at somebody elses mercy.  That's just how it is. 

Wut? LOL. 


Ah man. I work for a website and again, there are more than 5 people in the world that can do what I do. Therefore, I obviously do not have the leverage to dictate how the business is run, nor do I directly account for millions of dollars in revenue. So again, trying to compare Dwight Howard and the NBA to an office worker is "stupid to say the least". 


If the owners were to walk away from the NBA, a new league would definitely form. The NBA didn't just appear one day from outer space. 



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:39 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

Howard is not about winnning......
if he was
he would want to go to Bulls


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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:51 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

Why shouldn't the ones generating all the revenue run the show? 20,000 people don't show up to watch the owner sign the check -- and I've never seen any Mark Cuban or Micky Arison jerseys in the crowd. 

Sorry but that's a stupid argument to say the least.  If it wasn't for the owners there would be no NBA.  For that matter there wouldn't be an NHL or NFL or MLB or anything else.  Where do you work?  Do you and your fellow employees run the show and tell your boss what you can or can't do?  I highly doubt it......  ever wonder why not even one union in any sport when the CBA expires cuts ties with the owners and set up their own league?  The answer to that question is the players aren't capable of starting or running their own league, they don't have the cash or the assets or the brains to get the job done.  And in the world I live in I learned something a long time ago. If you don't have the ability to do something yourself then you are going to be at somebody elses mercy.  That's just how it is. 



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

So while it is true that the owners do not have a product without the players, the players don't have a pot to pi$$ in without the owners. 

Right now, at this point in time, that point is irrelevant. There IS an NBA and there IS a demand to watch professional athletes play basketball. So, if the owners were to say " f it " and walk away, there'd be another billionaire walking in the door before the previous owner's bags were put into the car. As long as there's that demand, there will always be work for guys like Dwight Howard. It's not like the owners built the NBA yesterday and it's some experimental product. 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:32 pm
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

SoxCelts, the Carmelo Anthony rule prevents teams from extending players to max deals and trading them imediately, hence the reason CP3 had to be traded prior to a certain date in order to be extended by the clippers.  The old sign and trade rules are dead.  You can no longer force your way to a team via trade and they immediately get your Bird rights.  The only way this could potentially work would be for Howard to pick up his player option but then he wouldnt be a free agent this year. 


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