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

NBA Trade Rumor: Clippers Eying Dwight Howard?

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While the Los Angeles Clippers have their eyes on Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers, ESPN reports this team is looking to reel in an even bigger fish this summer:

Sources told ESPN.com the Clippers are concurrently weighing the prospect of offering star forward Blake Griffin in tandem with prized young guard Eric Bledsoe to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade pitch to land Dwight Howard after July 1.

via Sources: Clippers eye Celtics trio – ESPN

You can’t blame the Clips for attempting to aim high. Donald Sterling is looking to retain his superstar point guard in Chris Paul and be a championship contender come April 2013.

Due to the new CBA, a Blake Griffin/Eric Bledsoe for Dwight Howard deal may be impossible. Here’s an excerpt from Larry Coon’s CBAFaq about sign-and-trades:

Starting in 2013-14, the team receiving the player cannot be above the “apron” ($4 million above the tax level) after the trade. A team above the apron can receive a player in a sign-and-trade if the trade reduces the team’s payroll and the team finishes the trade below the apron.

UPDATE: 6:31 PM

This is no surprise, but Adrian Wojnarowski says the Lakers want no hand in helping Dwight Howard become a Clipper:

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