In what amounts to a return to our regularly scheduled big-market rumor programming, Hoopshype today is leading with a Chris Broussard column about CP3 wanting to go to New York. Ay yi yi. It's reassuring to glance at his details and realize this is just more of the same -- that Broussard hasn't got a handle, particularly, on the new CBA and that he's just trotting out the same ol' same ol'.
He also, though, moves on from Chris Paul to suggest that the Clippers are serious about Dwight Howard. His specifics go sour -- check out the list of young talent they'd supposedly offer and you'll recognize that two examples of that "young talent" are more like "caustic contracts" at this point -- but the outlines of an idea are there:
There are, however, a few other teams Paul would consider signing extensions with, most notably the Los Angeles Clippers. Yes, the Clippers.
Now that Blake Griffin plays for L.A.’s other team, the Clippers have become a hot destination franchise. Stacked with young talent, they could offer any combination of Eric Gordon, Mo Williams, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu.
But while the Clippers like Paul, sources say they like Dwight Howard even more. The Clippers have made it clear to executives throughout the league that they will do whatever it takes -- outside of trading Griffin -- to get Howard
, who will become a free agent at the same time as Paul, either this season or next summer. So they will not move the players they’ll try to use to get Howard to New Orleans for Paul.
Come on, Broussard. Mo Williams would be "young talent" sent to Orlando?
He's obviously not on top of that potential trade. Any Wolves fan could tell us one piece that would surely, surely go to the Magic if the Clippers traded for Dwight Howard (or Chris Paul) this year: The Wolves' unprotected pick. When you deal your star player, you get young talent and future picks. The Wolves' draft choice is a prime example of the latter.
And honestly, looking at that scenario.... If the Clippers sent Eric Gordon, another piece like Aminu, and our pick to Orlando in exchange for Dwight Howard, I wouldn't be all that put out seeing the Magic use the pick next summer. That'd be another fanbase that'd just taken it on the chin and seen a superstar dealt away.
We could be okay with that. It'd be a deal from a regime that's dead here, benefitting another franchise that would have just fallen on hard times.