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Clippers not willing to trade Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard


We all knew this instinctively, because it’s the only smart choice. Now maybe this rumor can die.

League officials have confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that while Dwight Howard may have interest in them the Clippers are not willing to trade Blake Griffin for Howard — and the Magic are not interested in the Clippers other pieces.

The Magic knows that the Clippers won’t trade Blake Griffin for Howard, and Orlando has no interest in Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to the executives.

Jordan and his $10 million-a-year deal would be a big part of any Clippers trade for Howard.

You can make an argument that the Clippers should seriously consider the move because they would be better off with the more complete player that is Howard than the impressive but still a work-in-progress Griffin. Go ahead and argue that until you are blue in the face. Doesn’t matter.

Griffin is the face of the Clippers. He is the guy who almost single handedly changed the culture and fortues of that moribound franchise. Chris Paul does not come to Los Angeles without Griffin. Nobody talks about a budding rivalry with the Lakers without Griffin. Passionate fans don’t sell out Staples Center without Griffin. Donald Sterling and the Clippers know that Griffin is more than just another player for this franchise, he made them hip. Trade him and you anger the fan base immeasurably. Which two years ago would have been impossible because nobody cared.

So stop talking about Howard to the Clippers and let’s get back to the other Howard trade rumors that are not going to happen.

Report: Dwight Howard adds Clippers to list of places he’d sign

Magic's Howard meditates just before the tip-off of their NBA basketball game with the New York Knicks in New York

Dwight Howard with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul?

Take that Miami. This would be the new Big Three. Howard apparently likes the idea — almost as much as Clippers fans. No matter how unlikely it is in reality.

Howard has added the Clippers to the list of teams he would sign an extension with, reports Chris Sheridan at Sheridan Hoops. The Clips are on the list with the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks. Oh, and theoretically the Magic.

“He’s been watching them a lot. He’s intrigued by the Clippers,” said the source, who is privy to the trade talks that have taken place between all of the aforementioned teams.

That source also said it now appears more likely that Howard will play out the season with the Magic.

We keep hearing that if there is going to be any movement of Dwight Howard it will be after the All-Star Game in Orlando the last weekend of February. Then it’s a matter if the Magic think they are contenders, if they can keep Howard after the season, and if they like the offers coming back (not that they may have a lot of choices).

The difficulty in getting working a deal with the Clippers is finding pieces that the Magic want back. Eric Gordon and the Minnesota pick in this draft were the best trade chips the Clippers had, but they sent both to New Orleans to get Chris Paul. The Clippers can get a deal that meets the CBA requirements with DeAndre Jordan, Maurice Williams and Eric Bledsoe, but do you really think the Magic will think that’s enough? (Plus, D’Andre Jordan cannot be traded without his permission until July 1 under terms of the new CBA.) There is not a lot on that Clippers roster people want outside of the stars that Los Angeles is not giving up.

Unless you’re willing to send Griffin to the Magic… exactly. Not happening.

Also remember that both Griffin and Paul will command max deals starting with the 2013-14 season — add Howard to that mix and you’re asking Donald Sterling to pay a lot of luxury tax. That is not the profitable model the Clippers are built on and to expect a radical change is to expect Republican evangelical Christians to throw their support behind Barack Obama.

Sheridan says that Howard does not want to be traded to the Nets at the deadline as even if that happened he would miss the playoffs this year. He could go there as a free agent. Dallas has grand plans of finding some sucker to take on Shawn Marion’s deal so they have the cap room to sign both Howard and Deron Williams this summer.

Which might make the Lakers the big players at the table come the deadline — they can offer Andrew Bynum and parts. The Lakers are not giving up Bynum and Pau Gasol, but if the Magic think they have lost Howard this summer Bynum might be the best building block going forward. Even with the risks. It’s better than getting nothing.

But the Clippers are on the list now too, so speculate away.

Report: Clippers will go hard after Dwight Howard

Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard

This is what a star like Blake Griffin can do for a franchise.

A year ago, the Los Angeles Clippers were not on anybody’s radar as a free agent until they got desperate. Now, in one day they have popped up as a potential landing spot for the two biggest free agents on the market. We told you already about Chris Paul.

Now there is the note from Chris Broussard at ESPN that the Clippers really want Dwight Howard.

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.

The Clippers would have to give up a lot to make that deal work. Chris Kaman would be the base because of his $12.2 million salary, but Orlando is going to want pieces for the future out of this. I’d demand Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu and a first round pick.

Clippers fans may think that’s a lot, but realize that the team across the hall will offer up Andrew Bynum and parts, and there are 27 other teams including Boston that will put together trade packages, so you’re going to have to come big to win this. Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin would make the most formidable front line in the NBA.

Of course, the other question one always has to ask is this — will Dwight Howard take the risk of going to a team owned by Donald Sterling. The Clippers are hot now, but they have been at the bottom for a long time for a reason.

All of this is dependent on the Magic deciding they have to trade Howard, and we may never get there. Still, you can start moving the Clippers into the echelon of teams free agents will consider now. Thank Blake Griffin for that.