Shelburne: Dwight As a Clipper Not Happening

Apr 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers hold up large cutout heads of players Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin at the Staples Center. Clippers won 109-95. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This is for the fans that are part-time general managers in the NBA off-season.

If you’re trying to pair up soon-to-be free agents Chris Paul and Dwight Howard then the two of them both dawning white and red Los Angeles Clippers jersey should be marked off the list according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA:

Quite frankly, this was never going to happen in the first place unless mid-December of the 2013-14 season, the Los Angeles Laker realize they don’t want to move forward with Howard as a center piece and happily ships him to their Staples Center for Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe. The deal can’t be done via sign-and-trade (head to CBAFaq.com for more CBA-related information) and the Clips just don’t have the cap space to fit two max contracts because Paul and Howard aren’t taking significantly less than the market is offering. And does anyone think that after the first version of the “Dwightmare”, Howard would force himself to the Clippers while donning a Lakers jersey?

So kill the pipe dream. If you want to see Paul and D12 somewhere together it’ll be in a Dallas Mavericks or Atlanta Hawks jersey, not a Clippers one.

Topics: 2013, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, ESPN LA, Free Agency, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Free Agency, NBA Off-Season

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