Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers Still Looking To Acquire Dwight Howard

Even when he’s not trying, Dwight Howard has another franchise under his spell.

According to Shaun Powell of Sports On Earth, the Los Angeles Clippers are still attempting to acquire Dwight Howard:

Donald Sterling and the Clippers get an A for effort, but unless the Los Angeles Lakers management has given up on life the Clips aren’t getting Dwight Howard. And if the Lakers do give in it’s a guarnatee they want no less than Eric Bledsoe and Blake Griffin. Unfortunately the Clips aren’t ready to give up on Blake:

You could argue that Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan would be another option for the Lakers to receive in a sign-and-trade, but looking at the future of the Lakers they need someone that can “carry the torch” once Kobe Bryant finally retires. Jordan and Bledsoe have neither the talent nor star power to do that; only Griffin does.

Before running to your friends talking about how the Clippers are gonna get Howard consider this: could you imagine the Lakers trading the future of their franchise within the conference? Especially to their inner-city rival whom they share a building with. Sure Griffin and Bledsoe would be better than going along with Steve Nash and Pau Gasol for the next few years, but the Lakers are known for getting big-name free agents. In 2014 players such as Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and others will be free agents, so the rush to find the next big name in LA isn’t as big as most think.

This is a deal I won’t believe will happen until it happens so don’t keep your hopes too high.

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