Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Before anyone goes crazy, I think Dwight Howard will sign with the Dallas Mavericks and form a big three with Brandon Jennings and Dirk Nowitzki.
He is on this list because of the hiring of Steve Clifford in Charlotte.
Howard has a close relationship with Clifford. He is also close friends with fellow free agent Chris Paul. If there was the slightest chance of a free agency shocker, Howard and Paul joining forces in Charlotte would be it.
Some have mentioned Atlanta as a team where the duo could join forces. The Hawks have the money to make this move. It also helps that Howard is a Atlanta native.
Here is what you probably did not know.
Howard told NBA.com that his college choice would have been to attend either Duke or North Carolina. Like many other basketball players, he is also a huge fan of Michael Jordan.
Paul is a native of Lewisville, NC. He even spoke about the possibly of joining the Bobcats and playing for Jordan in a 2011 ESPN interview.
If J.J. Redick is willing to play with Howard again, and they bring in a reliable power forward, Charlotte could be a dangerous team. It would certainly help Michael Kidd Gilchrist's and Kemba Walker's careers.
Gilchrist could take a backseat role and gradually improve his game. Walker would likely be traded. He could either be starting on a better team or solid backup for a contender.
Unfortunately this will never happen.