Apr 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) breaks up a scuffle between center Ryan Hollins (15) and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) in the second half of the game at the Staples Center. Clippers won 109-95. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Paul and Howard Looking to Be Teammates

Dear 2013, 2011 wants it’s story back.

ESPN LA reports Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have sparked up the conversation on becoming teammates again:

Paul and Howard will be the biggest free agents on the market this summer, and their desire is to play together, the sources said.

“They would love to play together if somebody can make it happen,” one of the sources said.

The Atlanta Hawks could make it happen. Atlanta, which is Howard’s hometown, has the cap room to sign both players to maximum-salaried contracts.

Howard is not particularly fond of the idea of returning to Atlanta, but he would do so to team up with Paul, the sources said. But Paul, despite recently being upset with the Clippers over the perception that he got coach Vinny Del Negro fired, is unlikely to leave Los Angeles, one source said. He has gotten over his anger with the club and likes living in Los Angeles.

“It would be very tough for him to go to Atlanta,” the source said. “He loved Atlanta when they should have drafted him in ’05 but not so much since then. But hey, everybody is an option at this point.”

Back in 2010, these two wanted to team up. It became a problem when neither Paul or Howard wanted to play on the others former team. Now unrestricted free agents, the two have options. Between the two Los Angeles teams, the most likely place for the two to team up would be on the Los Angeles Clippers, but even that’s unlikely. Does anyone think the Los Angeles Lakers would sign-and-trade Howard to their inner-city rival? Sure Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe and the 25th overall pick is a nice haul for Howard and they probably don’t get a better package from elsewhere, but is it worth it to be the second best team in Los Angeles?

As mentioned above, Atlanta has the cap space to give both the money they deserve and it comes along with a third wheel in Al Horford. The Dallas Mavericks have been mentioned as a place the two could meet up joining Dirk Nowitzki.

All situations would propel the team to championship contender status if the two decided to pair up. It’s only a matter of getting together that’s holding the two back.

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