Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby The Rock on Tue May 21, 2013 11:00 am

Remember that package deal Heisler/SAS were talkin about during late 2011? It was if we landed Chris Paul, Dwight was gonna follow him here...well here we go again

http://www.lakersnation.com/free-agents-dwight-howard-chris-paul-planning-atlanta-rendezvous/2013/05/21/
In any case, a league source says Paul will check out other teams, as Howard is expected to do. If Paul leaves, it could could pose a problem for the Lakers, who had enough already, if he and Dwight Howard decide to create a new option, joining up in Atlanta. Howard and Paul are pals. The Hawks can open up two maximum slots. They mused about Atlanta (D12’s from there, CP3 from North Carolina) years ago, before fate led them in other directions.

With or without the CP3-Atlanta scenario, re-signing Howard looks ever trickier amid reports he voiced his frustration about Mike D’Antoni. Not to mention his frustration with Kobe Bryant. ESPN L.A.’s Dave McMenamin reported Howard told GM Mitch Kupchak he felt marginalized by D’Antoni, who looked to Bryant and Steve Nash for leadership but not him.

Worse, a league source told me that despite the apparent thaw between Howard and Bryant, Dwight complained privately about Kobe late in the season. If this summer wasn’t billed as an NBA-chang event, it was because insiders were sure Paul would stay, and Howard would accept the extra $30 mill from the Lakers, however grudgingly.

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Now, for the first time, there are rumblings, like the shifting of tectonic plates. With five teams seeking coaches–pending further developments–and 30 teams that can use a superstar center or point guard, a lot of big pieces are in play. Besides Howard and Paul, free agents include Josh Smith, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. Available coaches include Jerry Sloan, Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan, Byron Scott, Alvin Gentry, Doug Collins and Mike Dunleavy.

Then there’s Memphis’ red-hot Lionel Hollins, who’s only under contract through July 1.

If Cinderella teams and coaches don’t often part, the Grizz is under new management, which traded Rudy Gay, a move Hollins protested publicly.

The Grizzlies say they want to re-sign Hollins, but with widespread interest, they won’t get a bargain. Hollins just happens to be the Clippers’ new favorite option, should they turn out to need a coach. He’s reportedly on Brooklyn’s list. (In what may be pure coincidence, Sterling sat courtside at Game 1 of the Grizzlies-Spurs series in San Antonio.)

Thus, it’s a sobering thought for all involved if the linchpin at the middle of all this manpower is, my hero, Donald T. Sterling.
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby therealdeal on Tue May 21, 2013 11:03 am

This is another thing that was already stated before.

If Atlanta were a city that people actually supported in the sports world, this would be a MASSIVE threat.

As things stand, it's a moderate one with the ability to become a big threat if Paul or Howard leaves to go there first.
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby Doc Brown on Tue May 21, 2013 11:06 am

Yawn.
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby Weezy on Tue May 21, 2013 11:12 am

If they do, good for them. I'm honesty not worried about losing Dwight, if he walks he walks, that means he couldn't handle it in LA and he's not the guy for us anyway.
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby khmrP on Tue May 21, 2013 11:35 am

this is an Atl team that had $1dollar playoff tkts or something that cheap and still didn't manage to sell out :man10: but ok, I rather Atl then Hou, that fan base is really annoying on realgm with their touting of Harden as the next great SG, if it wasn't for this weak arse league he wouldn't be so effective with that head cocking, running into people drawing silly dumb fouls.
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Tue May 21, 2013 11:40 am

I remember listening to the Lakers game on the radio when we were facing Atlanta on the road. In the third quarter, Kobe went on a tear, and I swear the crowd sounded like a home game @ Staples. Interesting rumor, though. I don't think it will happen. Chris is staying with the Clips, IMO. If Dwight really wants out, the best place for him to win without the pressure & expectations is Dallas, IMO. A good owner, great coach, aging superstar, but Cuban will cater to Dwight's every whim & surround him with a roster that will be competitive.
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby Chillbongo on Tue May 21, 2013 11:56 am

So, what's the tax rate in ATL?
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby The Laker Link on Tue May 21, 2013 11:57 am

What, Dwight, Paul, and Josh are all gonna go to Atlanta for 10 mil a year to MAYBE beat the Heat!?
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby Chillbongo on Tue May 21, 2013 12:05 pm

Actually Howard and CP3 would get max deals around 20M and Josh would get 10-15M. But they would probably let Josh walk.

If not they would have to go into luxury tax threshold to fill the roster out. They still would have teague and lou williams. If the cap is at $68M they'd be pushing it to fill the roster out.

Guess they would trade Al Horford. We might be able to get Horford that way, because he's already signed.
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby revgen on Tue May 21, 2013 12:09 pm

Chillbongo wrote:So, what's the tax rate in ATL?


Georgia's state income tax is about 5-6% according to http://www.tax-rates.org/.

Not as low as Texas, but way lower than Cali, which charges between 10 to 11%.

I'm not sure what the city of Atlanta charges, but I'm sure they don't have a "millionaires tax" that LA has.
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby Rooscooter on Tue May 21, 2013 12:13 pm

Look at me!..... click on my link!..... look at me!....

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The rest is rampant speculation based on nothing..... typical post season lull and dropping the Lakers for clicks....
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby Chillbongo on Tue May 21, 2013 12:17 pm

revgen wrote:
Chillbongo wrote:So, what's the tax rate in ATL?


Georgia's state income tax is about 5-6% according to http://www.tax-rates.org/.

Not as low as Texas, but way lower than Cali, which charges between 10 to 11%.

I'm not sure what the city of Atlanta charges, but I'm sure they don't have a "millionaires tax" that LA has.


Hmm...so at least with state taxes the difference would be offset by a decent number. Again, if Howard and Paul come to some sort of agreement under the table and guarantee to sign with ATL then that would be an issue.

I'm not worried about Howard going to ATL alone....Dallas or Houston would be first options.
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Re: Heisler says Chris Paul and Dwight Howard might head to ATL

Postby sina on Tue May 21, 2013 2:03 pm

Dwight @ abt $20m per year isn't so sexy, it's nice to have
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