Free Agents Dwight Howard, Chris Paul Planning Atlanta Rendezvous? Reviewed by Momizat on . Words that are weighty with nothing but trouble for the Clippers, and maybe the Lakers and lots of others: “Vinny Del Negro is expected to meet with owner Donal Words that are weighty with nothing but trouble for the Clippers, and maybe the Lakers and lots of others: “Vinny Del Negro is expected to meet with owner Donal Rating:
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Free Agents Dwight Howard, Chris Paul Planning Atlanta Rendezvous?

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dwightchrispaulWords that are weighty with nothing but trouble for the Clippers, and maybe the Lakers and lots of others: “Vinny Del Negro is expected to meet with owner Donald Sterling this weekend.”

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Three weekends have come and gone since their season ended with no meeting. This poses a problem for Clipper officials who favor offing Vinny so Chris Paul can choose the coach. Of course, it will pose a worse problem if it upsets Paul as his contract runs out.

In any case, a league source says Paul will check out other teams, as Howard is expected to do. If Paul leaves, it could could pose a problem for the Lakers, who had enough already, if he and Dwight Howard decide to create a new option, joining up in Atlanta. Howard and Paul are pals. The Hawks can open up two maximum slots. They mused about Atlanta (D12’s from there, CP3 from North Carolina) years ago, before fate led them in other directions.

With or without the CP3-Atlanta scenario, re-signing Howard looks ever trickier amid reports he voiced his frustration about Mike D’Antoni. Not to mention his frustration with Kobe Bryant. ESPN L.A.’s Dave McMenamin reported Howard told GM Mitch Kupchak he felt marginalized by D’Antoni, who looked to Bryant and Steve Nash for leadership but not him.

Worse, a league source told me that despite the apparent thaw between Howard and Bryant, Dwight complained privately about Kobe late in the season. If this summer wasn’t billed as an NBA-chang event, it was because insiders were sure Paul would stay, and Howard would accept the extra $30 mill from the Lakers, however grudgingly.

Now, for the first time, there are rumblings, like the shifting of tectonic plates. With five teams seeking coaches–pending further developments–and 30 teams that can use a superstar center or point guard, a lot of big pieces are in play. Besides Howard and Paul, free agents include Josh Smith, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. Available coaches include Jerry Sloan, Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan, Byron Scott, Alvin Gentry, Doug Collins and Mike Dunleavy.

Then there’s Memphis’ red-hot Lionel Hollins, who’s only under contract through July 1.

If Cinderella teams and coaches don’t often part, the Grizz is under new management, which traded Rudy Gay, a move Hollins protested publicly.

The Grizzlies say they want to re-sign Hollins, but with widespread interest, they won’t get a bargain. Hollins just happens to be the Clippers’ new favorite option, should they turn out to need a coach. He’s reportedly on Brooklyn’s list. (In what may be pure coincidence, Sterling sat courtside at Game 1 of the Grizzlies-Spurs series in San Antonio.)

Thus, it’s a sobering thought for all involved if the linchpin at the middle of all this manpower is, my hero, Donald T. Sterling.

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Mark Heisler, 2006 winner of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award, writes for Sheridanhoops.com, HoopsHype.com, TruthDig.com and Huffingtonpost.com, as well as Lakers Nation. | Follow @MarkHeisler

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  • Jeff in Carlsbad

    Mark, I think Dwight goes to Houston and CP3 stays. Clips need to trade Bledsoe and Jordan for Eric Gordon and Lopez from NO. Trade Butler as an expiring contract with their 1st round pick for Afflalo. Starters: CP3, Gordon, Afflalo, Griffin and Lopez.

  • whyu dontlikeva

    dwight is a joke!..dude its a business, stop crying not everyone is going to be your friend …damn watched too much barney!

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  • socali

    Sign and trade him for some really good pieces. Ride out Kobe and Pau until they retire and start over. Dwight’s mediocre. I don’t think that fool is a franchise player.

  • Terrence

    You want to know where these rumblings are coming from? Those very teams trying to sign them. Nothing new here. Did anyone actually watch Houston play this season? Dwight would be a terrible fit offensively. They actually ran D’Antoni’s system. The only way Asik got points was from Lin pick and rolls and offensive rebounds. Dwight goes there than they would have to make major changes offensively to keep him happy. They’re not a half court team and they run zero post plays. Who do you think McHale would go to, Harden or Dwight? Yeah Harden hands down. Harden’s probably one of the few players this last season that had the ball in his hands more minutes than Kobe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevenkauffman Steve Kauffman

    Mark, arbitration clauses are standard. Think they may be in every single contract we have done. Can’t comprehend how you would sign a contract for a Head Coach, for any team, without including one, certainly if you’re an attorney.

  • L4L

    Kobe made a point of feedin D12 in games!!! Hes still cryin!!!! Harden will be the first option Parsons may end up bein the 2nd option. Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta will be mediocre with or w/o him. They gon beat Okc? Spurs? Grizz? Heat? Pacers? Bulls? Lakers? Puhlease!!!!!!

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