It was always going to be a long shot for the Los Angeles Clippers to sign Dwight Howard, especially if they want to keep hold of Chris Paul, too.
Therefore, it’s not a huge surprise to hear that the Clippers aren’t going to go after Howard this off-season, according to Ramona Shelburne:
In short, fairly successful teams are normally over the cap and have players signed to large contracts which limits their off-season spending power – the Clippers are no different. In order for the Clippers to sign Dwight, they’d need to clear cap space via trade and allow a number of their free agents to walk, including Chris Paul.
Basically, the Clippers going after Dwight Howard would mean they’d have to dismantle their team, which is something that just doesn’t make sense at this point for the Lakers’ crosstown rivals.