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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 11:15 am  |  63 responses

Report: Lakers to Target Dwight Howard and Chris Paul


One of the reasons we just went through that painful lockout, was the claim by small-market team owners that they’re sick and tired of teams like the Lakers gobbling up all of the major talent in the NBA. Well, um, …. From Sheridan Hoops: “It’s not hard to tell who won this war–the owners, especially the big ones. Nor is it hard to tell which of them won the most: That was Jerry Buss, the biggest of all. When the NBA couldn’t get a full ban on sign-and-trades, it left his Lakers in position to pull off a coup they’re dreaming of, which would make signing LeBron James pale by comparison. If Dwight Howard and Chris Paul wind up on the market — a safe assumption as far as I’m concerned — the Lakers could offer Andrew Bynum for Dwight and Pau Gasol for CP3, or vice versa. Nothing says that they will be enough to land either player, but it should put the Lakers in the running for both. (Oh, and Dwight likes the Lakers. Asked which All-Star he would most like to play with last season, he answered ‘Kobe Bryant.’) Nor will finances be a problem, ever again. … Next season, the Lakers start their 20-year, $3 billion deal with Time Warner, which will take them from their annual $30 million from Fox Sports West to $150 million. On paper, that would put the Lakers, who now average a profit of $45-60 million, zooming past $150 million. In fact, an informed source projects an even higher figure, in the $170 million range. (To put that in perspective, Forbes said the Knicks made a league-leading $64 million profit in 2009-10. The Lakers will more than double that.) In either case, Jerry, Jim and Jeannie Buss are going to have a lot to say about what happens in this league for a long time …”

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  • BRAVO

    Let’s get it done! L.A all day !

  • http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7290143/it-just-money Allenp

    Man, if the Magic trade Howard for Bynum and scraps they are idiots. Same with the HOrnets and Gasol.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    HA!

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Allen, we are talking about the Magic management here. Home of a big man and 14 jump shooters.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The Lakers would be the favorites in the East again, but I’m pretty certain both the Hornets and the Magice could get better offers than Gasol and Bynum as their major return pieces.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *West

  • Ben

    Anything is possible. They got Gasol for free, no reason the NBA wouldn’t rig a deal for Paul or Howard in their favor.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Wow. IMBA…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I actually forgot how incredbly annoying those Melo rumors were last year. I expect the same for DHow & CP3, probably a little worse. Still better than ‘Lockout updates’.

  • Leonitu$

    Oh the RUMORS! The NBA is back alright. Not buying into this. 23.74% of LA pulling off this trade. I say got for B.Davis or M.Redd because Fisher is going to be the weakest link ALL SEASON long.

  • Junior

    i really want the lakers to get dwight and cp3 PLZ DO IT LAKERS

  • Junior

    LAKERS SHOULD GET BOTH THEY”L BE THE BEST AND IF THEY DO WHUUUU WELL KICK ASS WHIT ARE DOPE LINEUP.
    PG CHRIS PAUL
    SG KOBE BRYANT
    SF RON ARTEST
    PF LAMAR ODOM
    C DWIGHT HOWARD
    CAUSE THEY’LL TRADE GASOL FOR CP3 DWIGHT FOR BYNUM AND IF THEY COULD THEY SHOULD GET ANDRE IGUDOLA FROM THE 76ERS

  • http://www.nba.com Cheshire

    @spaceship jay damn you right man it was so painful to watch magic, all they had was D12 down low and others jacking up threes, even the PF was jacking it up! as much as i like D12, we need a majoy upgrade at the point DFish made his run time for him to chill and Steve Blake is WEAK! so im more into this CP3 trade but i wouldnt mind Dwight haha… damn it feels good to be hearding nba rumours!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Bynum, Gasol, & Odom, for Dwight, Brandan Bass, & Hedo. That’s the only acceptable trade for Orlando. — LA shouldn’t chase Chris Paul, I think that would be a huge mistake. Simply because giving up your real trump card (2 – 7 footers) for Chris Paul & Emeka Okafor (that’s what it would take imo, both Bynum & Gasol) is not going to really improve their immediate situation, at all.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Clippers are the team to worry about anyway. THey are goin to make heavy plays at both Howard and Paul. And they have more assets than everyone.

  • Riggs

    youre high if you think this has any chance of happening. They have a slim chance of getting howard so far..

  • LA Huey

    I refuse to believe the Clippers will be a factor. They like to do just enough to be interesting but never seriously put themselves in “contender” status.

  • http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7290143/it-just-money Allenp

    Yeah, Eric Gordon, Mo Williams, Kaman, Aminu, Bledsoe, and Gomes are all decent trade chips. Particularly Gordon. I think if the Clippers offer Gordon and Kaman, the Hornets have to seriously consider making that move.
    I also read that Baron Davis could be snatched up a team with cap space and prevent him from going to Miami or New York. That would be interesting.
    I wonder where Rashard Lewis and Arenas eventually end up.

  • LA Huey

    I’m just as interested in where all the amnesty players end up as I am where CP3, Dwight, and Deron in the next year.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Apparently the Celtics are willing to trade Rondo if they like the trade… WOW rumors… the NBA is definitely back.

  • robb

    Sounds too good to be true.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    I dont know if howard even want to go to the lakers.
    His career would look similar to the one they previously called superman.
    but you will never know.
    would be lame for the nba.good for all the laker fans.

  • Cool Dude

    How would howard having shaq’s career be bad? Shaq is a top 10 player of all time and has 4 titles. He’s no greg oden.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    I highly doubt they will get both players… I’m thinking they will get Dwight, and that’s it. No way are they getting CP3 aswell, No way!

  • AD

    yo dese betta be rumors cuz if they not then.. the nba is FIXED! …. Dwight need to come to da nets and cp3 needs to stay in N.O …. EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A SUPERTEAM. smh…..

  • shutupallenp

    I cant believe the Lakers got Gasol the way they did, still blows my mind the shady ish jerry west did there. Bynum is a bum and a wannabe thug now, all that tough guy ish, some frames arent built for that. I cant wait for Kobes twilight to begin, I wonder if they would trade kobe?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I could make a pretty logical argument that Memphis did not lose that Gasol trade. They didn’t “win” per say, cuz LA won titles because of it. But that trade definitely, without a doubt, improved Memphis and put them in the position they are in today.

  • O

    CP3 is going to the Knicks. That’s his top choice whether trade or free agency. Knicks are gonna have the money, so he’ll wait. Sorry Laker fans. Dwight on the other hand, there’s a good chance he’ll rock the purple and gold for a hot minute after this year is done…

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    Orlando wont get enough back if they deal with the Lakers Bynum is not enough and too injury prone. Even if you throw in Gasol and Odom idk I just don’t see it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    I DONT KNOW WHY DWIGHT WOULD WANT TO JOIN THE LAKERS. KOBE IS GETTING OLDER EVERY DAY AND HAS TO RELY ON SPACE KNEE SURGERY, THE COACH IS A GIANT QUESTION MARK. ID THINK DWIGHT HAS HAD ENOUGH WITH SKETCHY COACHES. I JUST DONT SEE WHY DWIGHT WOULD DO IT. AND THE LAKERS WOULD BE DUMB TO GET CHRIS PAUL. THEYVE WON BECAUSE OF THEIR INCREDIBLY SUPERIOR FRONTCOURT AND KOBE.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    UCL, wouldnt you stop with the CAPS WHEN THE LOCKOUT ENDED?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    And like nbk said, Memphis wasnt going nowhere with Gasol as their 1st option, and look where they are today.

  • LA Huey

    Max, Lockout is still technically in effect. Nothing’s been signed.

  • Duke Fan

    Man, forget all that nonsense, trade jameer and gilbert for cp3 , resign dwight… problems fixed

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    LOL AT MAX. ‘HANDSHAKE DEAL’ DOESNT COUNT.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    lol ok than :D
    And Dwight needs to leave Orlando ASAP, because they aint going nowhere either with al those 3pt shooters who dont know what D is.

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    without delving into logistics about the possibility of this happening, for some reason it doesn’t anger me. I am not even a Lakers fan, but the idea of these three linking up doesn’t bother me half as much as LeBron bolting.
    I don’t even know why the one bothers me and the other doesn’t.

  • LA Huey

    CoolWhip, glad to see someone say it like that rather than come up with bogus reasons to rationalize their hate. btw, how’d your liver take this weekend’s news?

  • Maniac

    I doubt LA will get both. Heck idk if they will get one.

  • http://yahoo darrell

    the lakers will not get paul or howard but they should trade for the clippers because they have a better team

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    I’ll be okay if the Lakers get Dwight, but not Chris Paul too. And just how are they going to make a trade for both?

  • Stainless

    good call.

  • Stainless

    don’t get it twisted people, they’re both going to the raptors no doubt.

  • Enigmatic

    Jerry West had nothing to do with the Pau Gasol trade.
    Chris Wallace was Grizzlies GM.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I freaking hate L.A man, these bums always find a way to get a championship claiber team, they are the most successful team in the league

  • @Deknowz

    Sorry Laker land, Chris Paul is coming to the garden!

  • elartman1973

    funny thing is that Otis Smith, the only p[erson capable of actually moving dwight howard has stated several times pretty clearly that the magic are rolling the dice and will definitely NOT trade dwight howard/ Magic roster isnt gonna be what it was last year. They have dwight and pieces right now and are going to compete, not trade for garbage. Magic would much rather start from scatch than take mediocre players that will result in 7th and 8th seeds and consistent 1st round exits. whats the point?
    and yes, Bynum is junk, good for 30% of a season, and a horrible contract, Gasol is old and overpriced and Odom isnt a spring chicken eaither. Are Laker fans so stupid that they atually fall for this homerism reporting ?

  • jayb

    as much as i want dhowrd in purp and gold is jimmy buss going to ok this?? he drafted bynum and does not want to look like a failure…i expect cp3 to land in nyc and i am not a knick fan by any stretch of the imagination!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    As a Laker Howard is all we want. BOOK IT!!

  • Patrick

    They don’t need Chris Paul imo..they got Darius Morris who will be of the same caliber once he gets his shooting a bit better

  • Jerry West

    Lakers will get D. Howard, whether it’s now, mid-season, or at the end of the season via sign-and-trade, if howard says he wants in LA, he will go there.
    CP3 is going to the Clippers if it’s by trade(for Gordon + young players), otherwise going to the Knicks via free agency

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Rik Smits Mullet.

  • golakeshow

    Oh ya shove that up your ass Magic and Hornets. Kobe doin work. 2-4 on my shirt. He the greatest on the court, and im the greatest on the verse. Going for the 4th ring like it was his first. Gotta get the bling, do it for kareem

  • igotgame

    Howard re signs ,poor lakers.

  • YoLu

    I see Howard and Westbrook being the next Shaq and Kobe.

  • YoLu

    *in LA.

  • J Taylor

    I think the article should change it’s premise… It should be the lakers target dwight howard, and if they dont get him they will target ONE of the big PG’s in next year’s FA period. Howard to Lakers for Bynum and Odom is fair. If they get Howard they only need to upgrade the PG with a SERVICABLE player. Howard and Pau lock down the glass and eliminate all rebounding concepts for opponents. They also draw double teams and free up space for everyone else. In this method, a PG is only needed to feed Kobe, Pau, Howard and Ron. (Depth is a concern however… but with the forementioned players, it wouldnt be hard to attract mercenary vets.)

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Kobe has 5 rings.

  • Justin

    jayb, trading Bynum for Howard does not make himself look like a drafting failure. You see a trade that makes your team better and you take it, plain and simple. And golakeshow, that’s some of the worst “rhymes” I’ve ever seen.

  • Cool Dude

    Lakeshow is probably secretly Drake.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Did some one really say that Darius Morris just needed a little work to be on CP3′s level? Epic Fail.

  • MagicAllDay

    Anybody who really knows Dwight n the person knows he is def. not going to LA..he plays by his own rules and wants to be viewed as a leader not a follower..yes he will probably move on from the Magic but will either go to the Nets or the Knicks. You guys talk like he’s gone already..he’s still a Magic n has shown his desire to want to stay a Magic. With this new amnesty clause hopefully the Magic will get rid of Arenas contract n will now have the cap space to make the necessary roster moves to keep him. Dwight is a smart guy n if he does have to move on it isn’t going to be to an aging team with a brand new coach. He would def want to put himself in the best position possible to win a title and the Lakers are def not it.

  • Jay2fly

    The Lakers can’t come up with a package better then what the Nets. They’re offering drafts Picks, young talented center AND cap space. First of all, Bynum for Dwight doesn’t even work with the current CBA. Secondly, the orlando magic want cap relief. They don’t want to be paying the luxiry tax for a team that has andrew bynum as the face of the franchie, a guy that only gives you 30-25 minutes a game.

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