The rumors have CP3 and D12 pairing up in Houston which would require a lot of trades on the Rockets end (Lin, Asik and T. Rob) and would also have both Paul and Howard leaving larger markets to play with James Harden in H Town...
I don't know why if the two stars were willing to play together why they wouldn't consider doing so for the L.A Clippers?
Paul wouldn't have to go anywhere, the Clippers Aka Paul/Blake and Howard(in private) hand pick their next coach and the Team makes the proper moves to make all the cap space work out
The way I see it the Clippers have 2 huge trade chips in Bledsoe and Jordan, 3 if put Jamal Crawford out there too...
Eric Bledsoe has to be worth a top pick in this draft, and although Bledsoe is seen as a bargain now he'll be up for a new contract and the Clippers could trade him now for a good young player to compliment the trio of Paul/Griffin and Howard
Deandre Jordan does have a big contract and some can view it as a troublesome one to move But how many teams are without a true C and have some cap room??? (Teams in the Lottery like Dallas, New Orleans and Philadelphia could certainly use a Center) Somebody with a lottery pick would trade it for Jordan if they had the space IMO...
Trading Bledsoe and Jordan for 2 lottery picks would free up the cap space needed to secure Howard, who paired up with Paul and Griffin would be exiting as hell...
Orlando, Sacramento and Detroit are all said to want PG's in the draft, why not trade for Bledsoe and hope he becomes a star???
How many teams are looking for a young Center, the Blazers could use one next to Aldridge couldn't they, a top 10 pick plus Dwight Howard for letting DJ go to Portland for #10, why not try it if you're The Clippers ? ? ?
Maybe I'm thinking outside the box here but what's stopping Paul from resigning with the Clippers and recruiting Howard to join him and Blake Griffin? ? ?
What's the down side of trading Bledsoe and Jordan on draft night for 2 top 10 picks if it helps get the cap space to create a New Big 3???
I wouldn't be thinking of trading Bledsoe until after CP3 is actually re-signed. You never wanna count your chickens before they hatch.
Howard agreeing to come (behind closed doors) and then actually coming. Any plan that relies on Dwight NOT changing his mind ATLEAST once is fundamentally flawed.
Paul had great success with Chandler as his Center and pick and roll partner, Howard could become more effective with a true point guard (Nelson was more of a scorer and Nash was injured most of the year)
Blake could use a better defender behind him too, although the team's free throw percentage would take a huge dip...
Bledsoe has to go at some point, even if they traded Bledsoe and lost Paul to the Rockets they could still land Brandon Jennings or Darren Collison as a consulation prize in Free Agency, is a 4 year Championship run worth the risk of losing a future RFA in Eric Bledsoe? ? ?
And no tears should be shed for Jordan either, he's slightly overpaid and nowhere near as good a defender as Howard...
Ask Chris Paul and Blake Griffin who they'd rather have on their Team next year.
Dwight Howard and two top 10 prospects or Eric Bledsoe and Deandre Jordan???
In my opinion the Clips would be wise to pursue a Center who can stretch the floor. Blake is already down on the block and a pick and roll guy. Why pursue Howard?
Dwight's lookin @ SA now? I swear that boy can't make up his mind.
Don't get me wrong he's an amazing player and he's certainly a Top 5 pg all day every day and an MVP candidate in his best years BUT Chris Paul is hands down better than Parker at every thing, give CP3 Popovich and Duncan and he's got just as many rings as Tony Parker (who I think is a Hall of Famer)
Atlanta, Houston and Dallas have to secure both players in Free Agency, as opposed to the Clippers who already have a handle on Un Restricted FA Chris Paul and superstar foward Blake Griffin, Bledsoe is a far better trade chip than anyone the Hawks, Mavericks and Rockets could offer a team with a high pick...
Bledsoe is a better trade chip than Jeff Teague for sure, and Teague has a contract extension coming up too, Bledsoe may be a better/cheaper option due to the fact he's not been a starter as long as Teague...Atlanta would have to trade Teague for sure, they'd also have to find a taker for Devin Harris and his contract, Lou Williams is just a shorter Jamal Crawford who the Clippers already have on the Roster
Horford may be a better overall player than Griffin and yes he would be great next to Paul in a David West role BUT Blake Griffin has already surpassed many Pf's as far as Star Power goes and he's still got so much potential its scary, Horford is who he is at this point which is damm good by all accounts BUT the potential of a Paul/Griffin/Howard trio is a much more appealing IMO...
Howard would be a fool for passing on a chance at playing with Paul and Griffin who both go hard on the court and could use a refocused D12 behind them on defense
"BUT the potential of a Paul/Griffin/Howard trio is a much more appealing IMO..."
There is your problem right there...
Appealing to who? Grade school boys and girls who lose their minds when they see a dunk? I know it won't be appealing to CP3 when he throws the ball to either on the block and nonathletic guys like ZBO or Splitter frustrate them because they don't have any post game. Or when they can't do anything in the 4th quarters of games because they both can't shoot free throws well. How about the floor spacing? Half of the reason DeAndre doesn't play is because w/ Blake in there opposing teams can just clog the paint. And that kills CP3's penetration and then they become a jump shooting team. If you noticed in Orlando Dwight had the most success he's ever had because he played alongside a stretch 4 and shooters. 09 Jameer was better suited to play w/ Dwight than most pg's because he was a knock down 3pt shooter. Dwight takes forever to get into his post game and needs acres of space to do it. Griffin would be just as bad or worse than Gasol was this year from a spacing point of view.
Blake - 13.2Pts, 2.2TO, 2.5 Ast, 5.5Rbs Fg% .453
Blake is still young, but he has A LOT to prove before he gets to that next level some people want to put him at.
If your the GM of the Clippers and you had these 2 options in front of you which would you choose?
1. Shop your young Pg and C to clear cap space to sign Dwight Howard thus making Paul and Griffin very happy, D12 is still considered the best Center in the NBA by players and coaches alike, dominate on both ends of the court without a post game like you say.
Trade Bledsoe to Orlando, Sacramento or Detroit for the 2nd, 7th or 8th pick and draft a shooter (Mclemore 2nd or KCP 7th or 8th???) Detroit could add a shooter like Jonas Jerebko to play that stretch forward role off the bench...
Trade Jordan to Portland(10th) Philadelphia (11th) Dallas (12th) or Atlanta(17th and 18th) picks and draft the BPA, maybe someone like Saric or Karasev comes over next thus saving the team a cap hold this year whilst adding fire power next year.
2. Keep the team together as is ...
Noway they get a top ten pick for either guy. I would rather have MCW or trey burk on a rookie contract than have to pay bledsoe 7 to 10 million a year. Same with Deandre Jordan, I would take len, zeller and adams on a rookie contract over paying Jordan 10 million who still hasnt developed any kind of post game.
If they are going to want to team up together then they are going to Atlanta. Paul, Horford, and Howard would make an amazing big 3. They already have a couple of nice shooters in Korver and Jenkins while having a nice 6th man in Williams too. That just seems like the obvious choice, but I am quite sure none of this is going to happen. Paul probably stays in LA and Howard either remains in LA or goes to Houston.