NBA Trade Rumors: Will Clippers Make Blockbuster Deal for Dwight Howard?

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Zachary D. Rymer

(Featured Columnist) on November 29, 2011

547 reads 3 Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more storiesNextATLANTA, GA - APRIL 22:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 22, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesIf you've paid any attention to the NBA rumor mill at any point in the last year, you'll know the Los Angeles Lakers are the de facto favorite to make a trade for Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard.But what about the other LA team? Might the Los Angeles Clippers be interested in acquiring the NBA's best center?Actually, yes. Here's the latest from ESPN NBA guru Chris Broussard:Howardtrade_originalBoom. Betcha didn't see this coming, did you?Nor did I, if we're being honest. All sorts of teams have been rumored to be interested in acquiring Howard, but this is the first time I can recall the Clippers entering the conversation.I can certainly see why the Clippers would be so intent on getting Howard. It's not easy for them to wrest the spotlight from the Lakers, and they also haven't done much winning in the last, um, couple of decades. Conceivably, trading for Howard would allow them to do both.

Buy or sell the Clippers making a deal for Dwight Howard?

Buy Sell Submit Vote vote to see resultsThe only trouble is that it's going to take a lot to convince the Magic to give up their superstar, and the Clippers don't really have a lot to offer. My guess is they would have to offer the Magic several players just to get them to listen, and the Magic would no doubt demand a glass of milk to go with their cookie.In other words, this is probably a long shot.But hey, since the Clippers are apparently ready to do "whatever it takes," I'm not about to rule it out either. They know that adding Howard would be a huge PR victory, and they also know that having him and Blake Griffin in the same frontcourt would border on being unfair.The Clippers are going to have to make the Magic an offer they can't refuse, make no mistake about that. However, don't think they won't do it. Follow zachrymer on Twitter