Should the Los Angeles Clippers go after Dwight Howard and trump the Lakers yet again? At the moment, Howard doesn't appear to be going anywhere. However, that could change in a heartbeat, particularly since the Magic star has waffled on more than one occasion during this trade saga. It may seem farfetched for the Clips to jump into this sweepstakes, but at this point, why not? Stranger things have happened. They got Chris Paul, didn't they?
Oh, the irony
Speaking of Chris Paul, wouldn't it be ironic if the Clippers ended up with Howard? How much more would Laker fans hate David Stern and the Clippers if that happened? The fact that David Stern arbitrarily killed the CP3 deal to the Lakers will be talked about for years, simply because Stern still has never provided a reasonable answer for his actions. If that domino led to Dwight in a Clipper uniform, Laker Nation would be incredibly angry.
Granted, this is all academic unless you can actually put together a package. There are some who would suggest that Dwight Howard is a better asset than Blake Griffin and that if the Clips ever wanted to get Howard, they would need to part with their high-flying star. That scenario would not sit well with most of Clipper Nation, as they would rather see a package of DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and a veteran or two. Would that be enough? Compared to Andrew Bynum, probably not.
I know what you are going to say. It is easy enough for the fan to sit in the comfort of their fandom and play General Manager. After all, it works on our game console, right? The critique of the fan GM is certainly fair, as these trades are much more complex. Plus, would Orlando want players from the Clippers? Still, stranger things have happened and at some point the Magic may get sick of dealing with other teams. If they would rather get something for Dwight rather than letting him just walk away, other deals may start to look more appealing.
The author grew up in Seattle and now lives in Los Angeles, where he waits patiently for the Sonics to return to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he roots for the Clippers to become a winning franchise, and perhaps even the most popular team in their own city. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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