NBA Trade Rumors: Why Dwight Howard Won't Be Headed to Clippers

Jason LindContributor IJanuary 18, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 21: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic argues a call during a preseason game against the Miami Heat at Amway Center on December 21, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Despite Dwight Howard’s reported interest in playing with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in Los Angeles, it is not a legitimate possibility.

According to a source with knowledge of Howard’s situation talking to, Howard is “intrigued” by the idea of being another big target for Chris Paul in “Lob City.” But Howard’s intrigue is all the trade has going for it. Here are three reasons why Superman will not save the little team with big dreams in Los Angeles:

Not enough trade pieces

The Clippers have nothing to offer Orlando. DeAndre Jordan would be their strongest trade piece, but the third-year center from Texas A&M has not demonstrated enough upside to be the centerpiece of the trade. The Magic will not make a trade that forces them outside of the playoff hunt.

Clippers still not on Otis Smith’s list

On Tuesday, Magic general manager Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel that he remains uninformed of Howard’s desire to play with the Clippers. Smith said neither Howard nor his representation told him that the Clippers are now an option. Smith has not included the Clippers in his list of teams that Howard’s agent is permitted to discuss trades with.

Magic continue winning

Orlando’s 96-89 win over the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night keeps them tied for second place in the Eastern Conference standings. Howard is putting up 20 points and 15 rebounds every night, and the Magic are on a five-game winning streak. Until Orlando starts to lose, Howard is not going anywhere.