Los Angeles Lakers Trade Rumors: Dwight Howard Could Sign with Clippers, Kevin Garnett To Replace Him?
Will Dwight stay in Los Angeles but switch uniforms next season? (Photo: Reuters)
Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News wrote an article this weekend detailing possible suitors for the Lakers' star center. However, Sefko's column adds one new team to the mix.
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"A few executives around the league have learned since the Clippers' season ended with a first-round playoff loss to Memphis that they are probing ways to dump enough salary to make a run at Howard," Sefko wrote. "Other personnel execs said they doubted that the Clippers could free enough money to make a serious run at him."
Indeed, the money situation will make it difficult for this Los Angeles Lakers rumor to become a reality. According to the website Lakers Nation, guard Chris Paul will likely be signed to a max contract, taking up over $20 million of the Clippers cap. In fact, if the team signed Howard and Paul to long-term deals, those two players plus star forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan would take up the entirety of their cap space for the next two seasons. Griffin is not going anywhere, and Jordan's large contract makes him difficult to trade. Thus, it might be near impossible for the Clippers to pull off a Howard signing this summer.
Other rumors have surrounded the Lakers and Dwight Howard as well. The center has been linked to the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. Dallas failed to make the playoffs altogether in 2012, while both the Rockets and Hawks lost in the first round. Thus, all three squads might be desperate to sign the embattled center in order to advance further in the postseason in 2014.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Lakers rumors also are circulating about possible replacements. As Pro Basketball Talk notes, Greg Dickerson of CSN New England spoke about whether the Celtics should tear down their roster and start fresh. Dickerson noted that center Kevin Garnett would likely want out should the Celtics decide to trade or release forward Paul Pierce.
"If Paul's gone, I think without a doubt Kevin Garnett is gone, either by retirement or he finally decides to waive his no-trade clause, and the Celtics maybe work something out with a Clippers team," Dickerson said. "But the list is real short. The teams that Kevin Garnett would go to, there might be two of them on it, and they both might be the Clippers and Lakers."
Of course, there's no telling if Garnett would waive his no-trade clause, and it is unclear exactly how many years he has left in him. He could end up being an even worse fit in coach Mike D'Antoni's system than current forward Pau Gasol is. But, if nothing else, a Garnett trade would certainly add juice to the historic Celtics-Lakers rivalry.