Well, the NBA world's a-flutter with speculation over the possibilities involving Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. LA's been named as a destination for both, amply fueled by Matt Barnes announcing that Dwight told him he wants to play with the Lakers, and apparently Chris Paul recognizing that the Knicks are a no-go, and now the Lakers are his team of choice.
Now, if NOLA were to bite on a deal with Gasol as the centerpiece, then it would be a possibility... but my gut tells me that it's going to be an either/or deal. Not both. Either way, I kinda think I'd prefer a Howard/Gasol/Bryant key three rather than a Howard/Bryant/Paul.
Don't get me wrong: the latter would be a pretty awesome set of players to possess. Even in fantasy basketball that threesome would be nigh on impossible to possess... but it's just that I like what Pau Gasol brings to the court, and I think paired with Howard LA's D becomes pretty much impenetrable - and the other end of the floor would be awesome as well.
Offense: Kobe would pretty much have to be solo-teamed. Same with Howard/Gasol. How do you defend that?
There's less overlap with the skillsets of Howard/Gasol/Bryant than Howard/Bryant/Paul (and far less than a certain threesome that dwells on the Eastcoast).
Add to this, there is Chris Paul's knee - a concern that would have to hang over him like the Sword of Damocles... questionable knees are one helluva bane for a point like Chris Paul.
The addition of Jason Kapono adds fuel to this all: he's the perfect kick-out shooter for either a slashing CP3 or beastly D12. Need more? Andrew Bynum's said he "wants his own team". Every day that seems more and more likely.
If it comes to a choice between the two, gimme Dwight.
Exciting times to be a Laker fan...
Dwight Howard trade rumours http://bit.ly/vc9LRg
Open up today and read that the deal for CP3 is done. An hour later it's off.
Time to start focusing on Dwight?
Was looking for a time like they might get both.
Interesting to read reports that Shane Battier is going to sign with the Heat. He might just give them that toughness and defensive intensity that will get them where they want to be this year.
we want both of them, but there are rumours CP3 will sign with Celtics? http://bostoncelticsdailynews.com/
Whoa, awesome picture.
P.S. You guys gotta go for Howard 110% no doubt in my mind. Kobe/Howard/Gasol is definitely unstoppable. Trade anything for him. You don't need Paul nearly as bad as you need Howard........ considering Paul's potential knee injury situation and that he won't sign an extension until next summer. Who knows what will happen by then. And on top of it, Howard WANTS to be in LA.
@brumbygg At the moment? Fuck David Stern, fuck the NBA.
It's bullshit, heavy-handed, draconian crap like this that will screw the entire league up for all time.
For what it's worth: didn't really want this trade, but I am concerned that Stern feels this is an ok move. 3 GMs agreed to this, including the one appointed by the league to run the team they own. To nix it because some other teams were upset about it is tantamount to interference. Where the fuck was Stern when LeBron/Wade/Bosh went to Miami? How come Melo could do exactly what Paul wanted to do... only with less going back the other way? You opened this door David, you can't shut it half-way now because you're having misgivings.
@brumbygg Wow... that's crazy the trade was vetoed.
Wtf is going on lol?!?
@LakersDailyNews That directly runs at odds with what Ainge has said, what Chris Paul has said... and the source is a blog who states that the reward that NOLA will end up with is Darren Collison? PUH-lease... not even in fantasy basketball would that one fly.
Yup, remembered the old NBA Playoffs campaign, and was pretty sure there was a Howard/Paul one. Found it. It fits so well...
Apparently CP3 wants in as well. I'm leery tho' - for the same reasons you are.
@WithMalice Oh wow, crazy you found one lol! Perfect fit.
Yep, plus Howard is such an all-around man beast, and his defense is insane. He can fit well on pretty much any team in the league... especially the Lakers in need of a talented youth infusion.