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?

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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