ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that Lakers center Dwight Howard and Clippers guard Chris Paul have been in contact about playing for the same team next season.
Obviously this is interesting for the Hawks, as they are one of the few teams that could work their cap number down low enough to sign both Paul and Howard. Any other team in the league (Dallas, Houston) would have to make significant moves involving trades to get to that number. The Hawks, however, are the only team in the league that can get to that number through the simple renouncement of all it’s free agents; they only have Al Horford ($12 million), Lou Williams ($5.25 million), John Jenkins ($1.25 million), and their two first round draft picks (about $1.3 million a piece) as committed salaries for next season.
To be perfectly clear, this scenario is still highly unlikely. Even if Dwight and Paul want to play together, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be next season. Sources indicated that CP3 would much rather stay in Los Angeles, and that Howard still shows hesitation towards playing for his hometown team. Nevertheless, it is a fun hypothetical to think about between now and the start of the free agency period.