(LOS ANGELES) — The NBA is expected to have a crazy summer once free agency opens on July 1, but there’s one respected NBA star that believes it may be a quiet one.
It’s no secret that Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul are the NBA’s two biggest unrestricted free agents this summer.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant thinks that when all is said and done, both Paul and Howard will wind up staying in Los Angeles.
“There’s always so much talk going on, especially with big-name guys going here, going there, but that happens once in a blue moon,” Bryant said on The Mason & Ireland Show on ESPN LA 710 radio on Wednesday. “I think at the end of the day, everybody stays.”
ESPN The Magazine‘s Chris Broussard recently reported the two are interested in playing together.
Bryant and Howard played together for the Lakers last season, and Bryant is doing his best to recruit Howard back to the purple and gold.
The Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, and Houston Rockets are some the teams believed to be interested in signing Howard.
Paul is pushing the Clippers to acquire coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett in a blockbuster trade from the Boston Celtics. A core of Paul, Garnett, and Blake Griffin with Rivers on the sidelines could vault the Clippers to the top of the Western Conference.
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Jill Martin, CNN