The Clippers are either hapless, hopeless or just lovable losers. No amount of trading for Dwight Howard will change that.
I know what you are thinking: "But Howard is the best center in the league. Pairing him with Blake Griffin would be historic."
Not so fast. ESPN's Chris Broussard started this whole mess when he wrote the following.
While the Clippers like Chris Paul, sources say they like Howard even more. The Clippers have made it clear to executives throughout the league that they will do whatever it takes -- outside of trading Blake 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.
Would Dwight Howard make Clippers contenders this year?
The hope is the Clippers could woo Chris Paul to Los Angeles with Howard already there. That would be to ignore that Paul would bolt to the Knicks before he would ever step foot in a Clippers land.
The other facet is what the Clippers would have to give up to get Howard. Royce Young of CBS Sports contends that it would take a lot for Orlando to part with their best player.
So Gordon, plus DeAndre Jordan (a blossoming defensive big man), a first-round pick and someone for cap relief like Chris Kaman (who has a $12.7 million expiring deal) or Mo Williams. Not a terrible deal, right? Probably as good as what the Magic could get from anyone else.
The more that we marinate on this, the more clear it becomes that the Clippers would be a couple years out from contending just by measure of gutting their team.
Does Howard really want to stay on a team long term when he has no clue if they will continue to build around him? This is Donald Sterling after all.
Howard landing with the Clippers would be momentous and magnificent for their fans. When you consider all that it will take to get him here and then keep him, it just wouldn't change a thing.