Pacific Notes: Lakers, Clippers, Howard, Bledsoe

Here's the latest out of the Pacific Division, which may or may not include Dwight Howard next season..

  • The Lakers will be the final team to meet with Howard, who will start visiting other clubs next week, writes Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.  The big man will first meet with the Hawks, Rockets, and Mavericks and the list could grow beyond that.  The Lakers have not yet been informed of the time or place of the pow-wow with Howard.
  • Arash Markazi of (on Twitter) has no doubt that D12 would re-sign if Jackson was the coach or running things in L.A.  The idea that the Lakers' pull alone isn't enough to sway Howard is a troubling sign for future free agents.
  • However, Markazi (link) isn't convinced that a coaching change alone would be enough to keep Howard in L.A.  He notes that Howard pushed Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith out of Orlando before leaving.
  • The general feeling around the Clippers is that they won't trade guard Eric Bledsoe today, tweets Ramona Shelburne of  With Doc Rivers having just arrived, he probably wants to take some time to assess things before making major changes.  We heard during the Celtics-Clippers talks that Rivers didn't want Bledsoe traded to Boston because he wanted to coach him in Los Angeles.
  • Mark Medina and Brian Martin of the L.A. Daily News looks at possible candidates for the Lakers in tonight's draft.  DeShaun Thomas and Kenny Kadji are among the players highlighted.
  • Even though Larry Bird has been high on Jimmer Fredette in the past, Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio (via Twitter) isn't so sure that there's a match for the Kings and Pacers now.

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