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:
Lakers have fully resisted Clippers overtures on a sign-and-trade for Dwight Howard. “They will never do it,” source with knowledge tells Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 15, 2013