Well first of all I started this by saying that Dwight commits with the Lakers and Paul forces his way to us. Paul has to say trade me to the Lakers or I'll sign with Dallas or Atlanta. In that scenario Houston is nowhere to be found, they can't just force Paul to sign with them HELLO if he doesn't want Houston why would Houston offer those pieces to Clippers when there's no trade to be made?
Second, all of those trades can be done simultaneously, if the Clippers trade falls apart then the rest don't get done. Basically we push tons of paperwork into the League office at the same time and in the correct order.
Third, why hell wouldn't Dallas just wait it out? They basically have Paul right there for the taking if we can't come up with a trade for the Clippers. And also Houston is not our only trade partner for Pau. Minny, Atlanta, Milwaukee all come to mind. Clippers can get some pieces or draft picks from one of those teams and that beats the hell out of losing him for nothing. Teams tend to think for themselves in this League just ask Toronto and Cleveland, if they can get something instead nothing YOU DO IT!
Obviously this is all hypothetical but your points have been all proven wrong. Cheers!
You're quite the smart ass, huh?
Re-read what I wrote. I'll state it once more: you are asking for all of the right pieces to fall into place, to perfection...and not only one or two, but many.
1) You assume CP3 only wants the Lakers. Prove that he does, or you do NOT have a point.
2) You assume the Lakers want CP3 bad enough to trade most all of our role players, and let many of them expire, then add 8-9 other players with minimum deals.
3) There is no reason for Houston NOT to be involved. They can sign CP3 outright, if they want, just like Atlanta can. Just like Dallas can. How do you know he doesn't want one of those three? Dallas and Atlanta are also two teams that can land BOTH CP3 and Howard, at the same time, through simply signing them. The Lakers, and the Clippers, won't do jack [expletive] about that, because when July hits, they won't own their rights.
4) No team has wanted Pau Gasol for two years now. Stop snagging teams out of the air that you THINK may be interested. Minnesota won't give up who we want, or who ANYONE else would want...and our best chance of trading Pau will be in February of 2014, to send out his expiring, and to teams who usually know how good, or bad, they are by then.
5) Why wouldn't Dallas wait it out? Because Dwight and CP3 won't. Superstar free agents don't wait until September to sign. They usually want to get it done within the first week of free agency. Dallas will jump on it immediately. I don't know why you wouldn't think that. Same with Atlanta and Houston, and the MANY other teams who will be after both Howard and CP3.
Your scenario is a dream. It's not going to happen, and you'll find this out soon. I'll make sure to quote your pipe dream in July.