Report: Dwight Howard Adds Clippers to Trade Wish-List

by January 17, 2012

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.