Just over a year ago, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard hoped to formulate a plan to team up and form one of the NBA’s most formidable cores. While the two are both playing in the same city and in the final year of their respective contracts, both say that they won’t try to pair up as free agents this summer, writes Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.
Starting in 2009, the two began talking regularly and trying to figure out a way to play together. Howard tried to convince Paul to come to the Magic while the guard tried to lure Howard to the Hornets. When they couldn’t come to an agreement, they considered looking for a common destination. Sources close to both players said that destination was Dallas, knowing that owner Mark Cuban could clear cap space for them. The Mavericks tried to trade for both players, but didn’t have enough assets to pull it off.
Paul was willing to opt out of his deal last year with the Clippers in order to join the Mavs, provided that Howard would also commit. When that didn’t happen, Paul chose to stay put in Los Angeles, not unlike fellow star guard Deron Williams in Brooklyn. Whether Paul makes a long-term commitment to his club like Williams remains to be seen, but he doesn’t envision going to a cap-rich club like the Mavs or Hawks with Howard this summer:
“He’s on the other side. I don’t worry about that.“