Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul plays against the Charlotte Bobcats during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Paul is staying with the Clippers. The All-Star point guard agreed to a new deal on the first day free agency opened, agent Leon Rose confirms, Monday July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
NBA: Chris Paul staying in L.A., Dwight Howard hears pitches to leave
NBA » The Clippers keep their star guard, while the Lakers face competition for center.
First Published Jul 01 2013 04:33 pm • Last Updated Jul 02 2013 08:24 am

Chris Paul’s answer was brief, just like his time on the free agent market.

"I’M IN!!!" he wrote Monday on Twitter.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

He will be staying with the Clippers, the longtime losers he helped turned into a division champion in just two seasons.

Dwight Howard will need more time to think.

Free agency opened Monday in the NBA with the focus on the pair of Los Angeles All-Stars, though Paul took himself off the market only hours after shopping season started.

Agent Leon Rose confirmed Paul’s return, which had been expected after the Clippers signed Doc Rivers as their new coach. The Clippers can pay the two-time Olympic gold medalist around $108 million for five years.

Howard can make even more by staying with the Lakers, but that won’t stop him from looking elsewhere.

He met with the Houston Rockets early Monday, the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks also are interested, and the Lakers have said repeatedly they want to keep him.

The Rockets got the first crack at persuading him to leave. With Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler joining its contingent, Houston pitched Howard on joining All-Star James Harden.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey wrote on Twitter that it was a great meeting with Howard and that having Olajuwon and Drexler there "made it obvious how [Howard and Harden] could be the next [great] big/wing combo."


story continues below
story continues below

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and new coach Mike Budenholzer were visiting Howard later Monday, trying to persuade him to join his hometown team.

And he’ll meet Tuesday with the Lakers’ delegation. His first — perhaps only — season in Los Angeles was a disappointment and he acknowledged being unhappy at times. But the Lakers want to keep the former Defensive Player of the Year, believing the extra year and about $30 million more they can give him will provide a huge advantage.

Steve Nash, who like Howard had a difficult first season in Los Angeles, tweeted Monday that he was flying from New York to Los Angeles to help the Lakers make their pitch.

"[Dwight Howard] we’re coming for you," he wrote. "You’re going to love the statue we build for you outside Staples in 20yrs!"

Contracts can’t be signed until July 10, after the next season’s salary cap has been set.

The Hawks also were expected to meet with their unrestricted free agents, Josh Smith and Kyle Korver, on their trip to Los Angeles, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press.

There is plenty of interest in Smith, a versatile forward, and Deron Williams announced the Nets’ interest in Korver by posting a picture of the sharpshooter in a Brooklyn uniform on social media.

The New Orleans Pelicans made an offer to Sacramento Kings restricted free agent guard Tyreke Evans. Several media outlets reported the deal was for four years and ranging between $40 million and $48 million. Because he’s a restricted free agent, the Kings will have the opportunity to match any offers Evans signs.

The Knicks are hoping Andrea Bargnani relocates his outside shot after agreeing to a deal with Toronto to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft. The Raptors will receive Knicks reserves Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson. The Knicks are also sending the Raptors a 2016 first-round pick and two second-round picks, according to a person with knowledge of the details.

Other top players who are available include Denver’s Andre Iguodala and Philadelphia’s Andrew Bynum — both part of the four-way trade that sent Howard from Orlando to Los Angeles last summer — and Indiana’s David West. Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith of the Knicks is a free agent, as is former winner Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, who also could lose forward Tiago Splitter.

Miami is trying to hold onto Chris Andersen, which would essentially keep together the entire core of the NBA championship team.



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.