So, basically the Clippers found a loophole around the CBA and Doc will be headed to LA. Despite the "can't trade players for coaches" clause in the CBA, they found a way to "trade a pick for releasing rights to a coach," but no matter how you look at it, this just goes to show how easy it is to circumvent the CBA rules.
Not that it matters to us... or does it?
So a while back it was "Dwight wants to play with Paul, and Paul wants to play with Dwight," and there was a story about how the Rockets will try to make a run at both big fish free agents. Fast-forward a day or two, and a story followed that Paul might stay in LA if he has some say in who the next HC will be.
Now it appears he got his way. Kudos for LA for brokering that deal.
What does this do for the Rockets? Well... we're still going to make a case to grab Howard - great. I still visualize a front court of Howard at the 5 and Asik at the 4, and Smith being able to cover either/or as a backup.
So now, if Paul is a shoe-in to stay in LA, who do we pair Howard with in an acquisition package?
How about this...
In this "Split acquisition" we basically pull a S&T deal with Golden State for Jack, and they get Lin. Why Lin? Why *not* Lin? San Fran has one of the largest China-towns in the country, and it'd be a great marketing gimmick for them.
It could look like a starting 5 of...
What say you? Can it be done? Should it be done? Wouldn't that leave us quite a bit of cap room to pick up another FA as well?