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Dwight Howard Reportedly Interested in Playing for the Los Angeles Clippers
Apparently, the Los Angeles Lakers won't just battle the Clippers for Staples Center supremacy, but for the services of Superman, too. According to an exclusive report by Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com, Dwight Howard has added the Clippers to the shortlist of teams he would like to join in 2012.
Sheridan's source claims that Howard has been watching the Clippers and is "intrigued" by them, and added that "Howard has soured on the idea of joining the Nets this season and missing the playoffs, especially since he could still join the Nets next summer prior to their move to Brooklyn."
According to a different Sheridan source, the Nets, who had been previously seen as favorites in the D12 sweepstakes, are currently anxious that Howard could be dealt to the Lakers before the trade deadline. Given that New Jersey's centerpiece to a potential trade package for Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, recently had surgery on a stress fracture in his right foot, the Lakers' trade chips of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum have become even more attractive.
It is uncertain whether Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, has been given permission by the Orlando Magic to talk to the Clippers in the same way as the other teams on Howard's wish list. Regardless, if the Clippers are unwilling to part with Chris Paul or Blake Griffin—a reasonably safe assumption—it would be difficult for them to land D12.
Clipper trade packages could include combinations of DeAndre Jordan, Mo Williams, Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler, all of whom are solid contributors, but not as appealing as Bynum or Gasol, who Lakers executive Jim Buss has already intimated he would trade.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times' T.J. Simers, Buss said that he would not trade both Gasol and Bynum for Howard, and while he would not name any players explicitly, Buss offered: "Let's just say this. You have to give up something to get something. And I'm willing to give up something to get something."
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