Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  77 responses

Report: Dwight Howard Adds Clippers to Trade Wish-List

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Not too long ago, there was talk of Dwight Howard and Chris Paul playing together in Los Angeles. Of course, no one at the time pictured the two superstars both donning LA Clipper uniforms.

According to SheridanHoops, Dwight has added the Clippers to his list of teams he wouldn’t mind the Orlando Magic trading him to:

“He’s been watching them a lot. He’s intrigued by the Clippers,” said the source, who is privy to the trade talks that have taken place between all of the aforementioned teams. That source also said it now appears more likely that Howard will play out the season with the Magic, who improved to 9-3 Monday afternoon by defeating the New York Knicks 102-93 while making 17 3-pointers and getting just 8 points and 10 rebounds from Howard.

But the source said the most likely scenario that would land Howard in Lob City would be an offseason sign-and-trade deal. Howard has soured on the idea of joining the Nets this season and missing the playoffs, especially since he could still join the Nets next summer prior to their move to Brooklyn and join a lineup that would include a re-signed Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Anthony Morrow and the Nets’ lottery pick, which will be a good pick in a well-stocked draft. But that would require a commitment from Williams that he will stay with the Nets for the move to Brooklyn — and that is not a sure thing.

The Magic and Clippers reportedly haven’t had any serious trade talks yet, but that could obviously change.

Would the Clippers be willing to trade away some of their key pieces this season, ensuring they land the NBA’s best center before another team does (or he has a chance to test the free agent market?)

No one knows, of course, but Dwight Howard’s situation just got a whole lot more interesting.

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  • Cool Dude

    Dwight also added the ’96 Bulls and the ’88 Niners as teams he would like to join.

  • Trout

    That would be crazy. DeAndre Jordan better watch his back and so should Billups they love trading that dude.

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    The only trade bait the clippers have is deandre jordan, caron butler,and mo williams maybe for howard and hedo????

  • Justin G.

    Trout, Billups can’t be traded because he was amnestied this year. The title should read “Howard Adds Any Team with a Decent Record” to his wish list. His team may be 9-3 but he has to know the Magic aren’t going anywhere come playoff time. And how does the best center in the league only get 8 points? I think this is his third single digit point output this year? Terrible

  • Jeremy

    How good is this guy anyways? (I know he is very good) It’s not like he is leading that Magic team anywhere, they have good pieces too. It’s not like CP3 can take his free throws for him either.

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    I do wonder if Howard really understands that if he winds up in LA or LA or Chicago he’ll be the third, third or second option on offence. He’s not consistent offensively, he’s unreliable on the line and isn’t developing. There’s no way any coach would put his touches over Kobe, Pau, CP, Rose or even Griffin (I’m assuming the Bulls would trade Boozer for him, but I’d rate his offence over Howards, too). I think he’ll be unhappy very quickly on a team with better options.

  • Justin G.

    Sometimes I start to wonder whether Howard is really that good or the rest of the centers in the NBA are that bad? Seriously, where would he rank with his skill set in the early to mid 90′s for example? With Ewing, Robinson, Olajuwan, and Shaq around would he really be considered that great?

  • T-Money

    i’m done with the howard stories.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance DFrance21

    He’s not great. He’s good, but not great. He’s not a consistent first option on offense, can’t shoot free throws, doesn’t demand the ball. The only time he shows any fire is when he’s whining to the refs about a non-foul call. He’s also and overrated defender. He’s good blocking shots as a help defender, but his one-on-one defense is average. He’s just bigger than everyone else. I bet Bynum drops 25 on him this Friday.

  • Fat Lever

    Justin G, I think he would be the 5th best center in the league if those guys were playing at the same time as him. Olajuwon owned an in-his-prime Shaq, would have loved to see how he would have dismantled Dwight.

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    oh look! a bandwagon!

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Howard had 4pts, 5 boards vs the KINGS earlier this season too. So, even with the 40/20 game, his stats are still around the same as the last couple years.
    Honestly, if I’m the Clippers, I don’t trade for Dwight, if it means giving up so many pieces. Look what happened to the Knicks.

  • Jono

    This guy is fcking stupid.

  • Yesse

    I can already see Deandre and Chauncey shaking…

  • Pais

    Really starting to dislike this guy. It just seems like back in the day guys used to want to make whatever team they played on the best. The highlights on NBA.com of Howard’s 8pt game starts by showing him clowning around. He’s child, and as someone else pointed out, refuses to develop. Alonzo, Robinson, Ewing would have ate his food, and don’t even mention Shaq or the dream.

  • Ismael

    Just shut up Dwight! Shut up and play basketball. It’s a slap in the face of the Orlando fans that you keep having “team wishlist” in the middle of the season. Just play basketball.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Amazing.. -_-

  • ripsaa

    Though it sounds good on paper….not so sure it would be worth it, the clippers are starting to gel and DeAndre Jordan is looking pretty good

  • T-Ray

    This type of stuff is messing up his game. He needs to focus on the task at hand and play as hard as he can for his current team instead of making a Christmas like wishlist of other teams. Make that decision in private and bounce in the summer.

  • Lloyd

    Bad trade for the Clips if they have to give up Chauncey or Deandre. I think they have a great starting line up and maybe can trade for some more consistent bench scoring, but they don’t need another superstar. They have CP3 and Blake already, they just need to fill in the blanks now, not to acquire another centerpiece. I think the Clips can go real deep in the playoffs and surprise people without having to shake things up that drastically.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Robinson and Ewing had better footwork, range, and professionalism than Dwight. But Dwight did help lead a team with less talent (those Knicks/Spurs teams were STACKED)to the finals.

    As for Dream “owning” an “in his prime” Shaq, I have to disagree. It was Shaq’s 3rd season and he was only 22 at the time. At that point in his career, he didn’t posses the advanced foot work/passing ability/basketball IQ that he later would as a Laker. Relying almost entirely on his raw athletic ability, Shaq still posted 28 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 6.3 apg and 2.5 bpg on 59.5% shooting that series.

    Did Hakeem outplay Shaq? Definitely. But it’s hard to say he dominated him with Shaq’s averages actually going up in every category. If anything, I would say that while Clyde, Kenny, Big Shot, and Sam I Am peaked at the right time, Shaq’s supporting cast didn’t. Just my 2 cents.

  • jermareodavidson

    Howard is a b*tch..the players are now running the league. I suppose I can go to work today and force them to transfer me to a better job. Smh

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

    clippers dont have any pieces to trade, Dwight goofy a** is just naming teams now. The clippers would have to trade cp3 or griffin for him in return.

  • LaKid

    CP3, Bad Blake and Superman2 ? Wow. Being a fan of the current best team in LA, I hope this doesn’t come close to happening.

  • Fat Lever

    Da-Meat-Hook, even Shaq admitted as much that Dream schooled him in that series. And, at least to me, that version of Shaq would have had the most success against Dream, since he was actually lean and in shape(moreso than his Laker days). Maybe “owned” was a little overboard, but Hakeem did beat Shaq in the Finals and Shaq conceded that he couldn’t do anything to stop Hakeem in that series.

  • mike

    stay where you are Superman, soak it up. I hate the NBA sometimes, how many of the top 50 didn’t have a ring when they retired, horrible league

  • jamaal87

    He should switch nicknames with Glen Davis.

  • Jared

    dwight smiles too much. He has no heart.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Dwight Howard the biggest child in the National Buddy Associaction

  • Lew Alcindor

    what the hell is wrong with all of you.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    There is nothing wrong with Dwight making it known where he wants to go. If y’all were good enough in your profession you would be able to choose where you work too. The difference is, people think these athletes owe something to their city or team, when really it’s just like any other job in the world, you get paid for the work you performed, not the work your going to perform, you owe nothing to your employer past what you have already given. People should be thankful that he is admitting he wants to leave before hand, rather then dragging the team and city on about how he “might” stay, when we ALL know he is leaving, it allows the Magic to plan ahead and prepare for his departure, and too also put themselves in the best situation to improve or remain relevant once he leaves. The guys you should be mad at are the Carlos Boozer’s and LeBron James’ of the world, the guys who lead their city on with no real intention of returning.

  • slamfan4life

    Clips…but not CHI….what the eff Dwight!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dwight is a boppper.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    so much jealousy in this thread.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Fat Lever, I completely agree that Hakeem outplayed Shaq and scored everytime his team needed a big bucket. I aslo agree that defensively, Shaq had no answer for Hakeem. I just took exception to using the word “owned” because I reserve that word for complete domination . . . I’m just saying it’s hard to say you “owned” somebody when Shaq had a monster of a series as well . . .

    Game 1: Shaq – 26p, 16r, 9a
    Game 2: Shaq – 33p, 12r, 5a
    Game 3: Shaq – 28p, 10r, 5a
    Game 4: Shaq – 25p, 12r, 6a

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Hakeem completely destroyed every center he faced for 2 straight years. Destroyed them. But Shaq was 23 when that happened, it shouldn’t have any affect on how anyone views his career.

  • bike

    No problem with Dwight wanting to go but he should say it just once, do it professionally, and be sensitive to the fans and his teammates. Right now, he is getting paid by Orlando to play ball and Orlando is paying him with money generated by its fanbase.
    It really is unbelievable how a seasoned vetern like Dwight can act so immature.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    IF ANY OF YOU CRITICIZING DWIGHT ALSO CRITICIZED LEBRON ABOUT THE WAY HIS GOING TO MIAMI WENT DOWN YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE. it’s one or the other. You either want the player to lie to their fanbase in order to keep everyone happy. Or you want them to be honest about where they want to play. It’s one or the other.

  • Toni_Kukoc

    45/23…not sure why some people ITT are even bothering to write anything of value about Dwight Howard…45 and 23…throw in other 20/20s this year, and why do you think they won that game while making 17 threes in NY with him having only 8 points? its not rocket science.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    In the ’86 finals a 23 year old Akeem put up similar numbers to Robert Parish/Kevin McHale for the series. Robert Parish even dropped 22 and 15 in a pivotal game 4. Now, I challenge anybody to tell me Robert Parish drops 22 and 15 on an “In Prime” Dream. Like I said earlier(and similar to what NBK said), barring injury, NO PLAYER is in their prime @ 22 (Shaq in ’95 finals). NO ONE!!!

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Werd, without Dwight the magic offense is ineffective. I d k though , all I know is this man is getting traded or look for the magic to make a move to bring in a player which they believe would persuade Dwight to stay… Doubt he’s staying though.

  • Ill Smith

    This whole situation is fcking stupid at this point. Everybody involved is an idiot. Dwight really is the Michael Jackson of this hoop sht, making wish lists like a damn 7 year old & always cheesing & whining, son STFU & hoop! Focus on how to break 40 points without goin to the stripe 50 times & not all this extra. & Its BEEN a known fact Otis Smith had no idea what he was doing. Peep his moves: The Contract Known as Rashard Lewis, tradin for Vince Carter & Gilbert Arenas, lettin Turk walk THEN bring him back, etc. Dwight & Jameer were already there before he came so what progress has Otis made? & it’s obvious the Simple Jacks running the Magic are gonna ride this year out with Howard because, you know, you can depend on a guy with a wish list of teams to lead you to a ring right? From now on when I wake up I’ll be sure to thank God I ain’t a Orlando fan…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Without Dwight there is no reason for defenses to guard the paint against the magic. thus, there is no room for shooters.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    It’s sad he still hasn’t developed a mid range. Like dam , it isn’t that hard to shoot! What the hell was he doing this offseason/ lockout?

  • robb

    Damn, a woman choosing shoes is less hesitant than Dwight. Zzzzzzzzz…

  • l2ising Phoenix

    ^ great comparison.

  • Syl

    Dwight is a full fledged follower. Really? Can’t believe he wants to join the Clippers. This is what the NBA was talking about. Clippers can not afford him. They gonna have to trade away couple key pieces.

  • doyouwantmore

    If he were on a different team the Magic would be one of his top three choices right now.

  • MLK4Life

    He has no idea what he wants. First he wants to stay. Then go. Then stay. Now he adds a team to his list. He should no longer be listened to. He should be in the gym working on his free throws and developing more post moves. The Nets wouldn’t be all that better with him. D-Will, him and who else do they have that could make that team a contender in the East? No one. The Lakers would be the same with him as they are now if they gave up both Bynum and Gasol after already trading Odom for nothing. Gasol is a much more skilled offensive player. Bynum as well. He just wants to go because he sees LeBron, CP3, Melo and these other guys who were able to team up with other great players.

  • Ldub

    Howard wont go to Clips because they cant afford him. Nor will they give him Griffin (which is what the magic would want) for him. Griffin is too big (already) in LA, they would be extremely foolish to let him go. Butler, Billups and Jordan are all great pieces around CP and BG. Problem with bring DH to LA is that he would want his touches too, which would take away from CP, Billups and BG. I agree with what someone said earlier, He isnt consistent on offense and CP cant shoot his freethrows for him. Rebounds and blocks is great, but you have DJ for that no?

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    cant see it happening.

  • HDTV

    Yes Dwight has the right to make it known that he wants to leave. But that doesn’t make it a good thing. If you were a top level executive in your company and wanted to leave, you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) make it public. It’s not a matter of whether he has the right to or not, it’s a matter of professionalism.

    Back in the day, NBA Stars were all professionals. That’s why the 92 Dream Team was such a great group of ambassadors for the NBA. They not only won, they were classy guys.

    Guys like Hakeem the Dream, Pat Ewing, The Admiral, The Mailman, MJ, Pip, Miller Time, Clyde the Glide – All stuck with their teams through the good and bad. And that’s how it should be.

  • Spetsnaz

    You guys do realize that some of these stories are made up don’t u? Or coming from people with ulterior motives. Stories coming from un-named sources need to be taken with a grain of salt. This didnt come from his mouth in an interview….people need to relax.

  • RunNGun

    If Dwight goes to the Clippers, Blake Griffin will be headed east to Orlando. The Magic don’t make this trade unless they get Griffin and Deandre Jordan. Anyone else who thinks otherwise has to be delusional to think the Magic would take just scrubs and draft picks back. After all, the Clippers already traded the farm for Paul; who else do they have left but scrubs…

  • ripslam

    Does anyone else find this “wishlist” of teams completely pathetic? You are not the GM of the team Dwight, you’ve requested a trade, now shut it and do what you’re paid to do: play basketball. While his team is thinking about winning games, dude is focused on where he’s going to play next year and what his freaking shoe company wants. Disgusting.

  • Jose

    i remember watching the DAL/LAL game and shaq saying bynum was the best big man in the game right now. . .It’s really hard to agree with that at times but i mean, bynum is a more traditional big man, and he scores and boards well. . . i don’t know who i take in that situation

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ngtWdgOz0o&feature=related ab40

    Report: Dwight is playing like wet dogsh*t out there and nobody in orlando has the balls to confront him with his childish behavior. You can’t look yourself in the mirror like you gave it your all when you score 8 points grab 10 rebounds and have 6 turnovers after scoring a 40 and 20 line the other night.

  • scomp

    hows about dwight howard stays put in orlando…magic are like 9 – 3. stop crying. if howard wants to be on a winning team than perhaps step up. any team in the nba can win the chip if you play hard enough, defense, and as a team. that said, dwight howard wants to join the d-league.

  • dazzy

    HDTV: The players don’t owe the owners loyalty. “Sticking by your team” is the DUMBEST horseh*t idea any player could have. Teams trade guys whenever they want so guys should leave at the completion of their contract if they want to. None of them are wrong for requesting a trade, but in the age of the internet everything is public today. The dirty laundry of those older players would be aired if they played in this era. They were no different.

  • shutup

    Rik Smits would have busted Dwights a$$, Chris weber, vlade Divac I can think of a couple others like Sam Perkins, Sabonis, Mourning, Dikembe, wow I just thought about it Dikembe was a better post player than Howard, so lets not just say Dwight would be top 5 back then, big men had to battle back then, watched the 30 for 30 on espn about the pacers and the physicality would have tested Dwights blow up muscles

  • lisa

    Now the Clippers?? He just wants to leave Orlando… I bet he’d play for the Bobcats. I do feel sorry for him though. Management has screwed this team over. They have a full roster of scrubs including Dwight. To be honest I hope the Lakers don’t get him because Andrew is LA’s big man. Best center in the league?… As of right now, YES! The league will be boring a few years from now. Pretty soon we will see more teams like the HEAT.

  • Ldub

    ^^^ Bynum and Dwight will always be compared as who is the best C in the L. And that is they are the only C’s in the L that have a similar offense game. Back to the basket. Jordan in LA and Chandler in NY are almost the only other C’s and they are defensive, even Perk in OKC. I think that I would pull the trigger on a BYNUM for DH trade (if i were the Lakeshow). Howard can somewhat carry a team (hes proven it). Bynum? I dont think he has it, nor will he have it. The market is too big IMO for Bynum and DH would also be the future that Bynum cant be once KB is out. Bring in another star such as Dwill and your good for another 5-7 years of quality ball.

  • HDTV

    @dazzy: First of all, I didn’t say that Dwight HAS to stick to his team, I am just saying that he should be more of a professional about it. They should act like Professionals. Besides, Dwight is a Franchise player – he isn’t a scrub. Franchise players in Dwight’s category generally don’t just get traded. But it does go both ways – players and owners should have more loyalty.

  • not d-ho

    The winningest bball coach of all time on any level, Morgan Wootten, told me this summer that if Dwight Howard had 2 post moves he could be the best center in the game. He’s 80 now I believe, but it was funny at how right he was. Once a teacher, always a teacher.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Ok, some things to get straight:
    -Bynum is not better than Dwight. Shaq is a biased idiot and so are you if you believe him.
    -The Magic offense revolves around a big man in the middle. Therefore, in any trade, they will demand a post scorer back.
    -Dwight is a baby (and I’ve been a fan of his since high school).
    -My money says Dwight ends up on the Mavericks via free agency.
    -I wish he would be traded. And I’m a well known Magic fan.
    -I do not understand why he wants to leave the Magic. It’s definitely not like he’s willing them to wins.

  • Allenp

    People really have no idea about NBA history. Ever since they stopped the reserve clause players have been making demands.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    No idea at all.

  • Justin G.

    Dwight would not be top 5 back in that era. I forgot about Mourning and to a lesser extent, Smits. Bynum is not overall better than Howard but I think offensively he is. @shutup…Webber, Vlade, and especially Sam Perkins? Really? You’re smoking some of the good stuff again aren’t you? HDTV, you are right. It’s how it should be but unfortunately today’s basketball player doesn’t want to work hard and make their team better. They want to join together with other superstars or get traded to already proven winners to try and win. They act like everything is owed to them and it’s pathetic.

  • S

    this trade news was from 2 days ago. slams amazingly SLOW. theres no back to this retarded rumor nor can the clippers afford to trade assets. only way he wears a clippers jersey is if orlando is stupid enough to let him walk without anything in return. NOT going to happen. Lakers has the best chance at Howard. 2nd Best Center in the league Andrew Bynum+ is Orlandos best bet. not only do the Lakers have the assets, they have the cap space to sign Howard. on that note, Orlando loses any possible way. Bynums Orlandos best bet.

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    hope they trade cp3 and blake for dwight!!!! seriously, just get it done so the heat will never win a title!!!!!

  • Justin G.

    Howard is not worth CP3 and Griffin. He’s barely worth Griffin

  • thecomputerdude

    Dwight please stop it.

  • DerekG

    Let’s not crucify today’s players for wanting to join forces with other stars to win easily. I remember Charles Barkley tried in Houston, Karl Malone and Gary Payton in LA and more recently Kevin Garnett. Having said that, those guys played in one place and tried to win for years before moving but they all had winning pieces around them so they didn’t have to try to leave. Shoot! Jordan had Pippen and Horace Grant(then Rodman) so there was no need for him to skip town!

  • DerekG

    Let’s not crucify today’s players for wanting to join forces with other stars to win easily. I remember Charles Barkley tried in Houston, Karl Malone and Gary Payton in LA and more recently Kevin Garnett. Having said that, those guys played in one place and tried to win for years before moving but they all had winning pieces around them so they didn’t have to try to leave. Shoot! Jordan had Pippen and Horace Grant(then Rodman) so there was no need for him to skip town! Players are

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Orlando needs to drop his ass. No respect

  • http://www.slamonline.com Bowen’s Bowtie Collection

    Dwight needs to play better defense

  • SportsAddict

    Why trade a devoloping young, athletic center like Jordan who is leading the NBA in blocked shots? Billups takes pressure off Chris Paul.He should maybe go to a team who doesn’t have a center like Philadelphia, New Jersey, Sacramento, etc.