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Quick: Blazers Aim to Get Both Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard

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The Blazers reportedly intend to sign both Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard. Parsons was a major part of the recruiting process when Howard initially signed in Houston.

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Early Friday morning, Jason Quick of CSNNW tweeted that the Trail Blazers plan is to target both forward Chandler Parsons and center Dwight Howard.

On ESPN's Mike & Mike this morning, ESPN NBA Insider Amin El-Hassan said that Howard is looking for a deal around $24 million annually. This is slightly above what Hassan Whiteside received and would require the Blazers to make a lot of concessions and/or moves to free up the necessary space.

As noted earlier when discussing the Blazers making a max offer to Whiteside, the Blazers will need to make a few moves in order to be under the cap and have enough space to offer Howard the reported $24 million he's looking for.

There are also rumors out there that Howard may only be getting deals hovering around $15 million annually. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report stated on Wednesday that that was what he was being told by NBA team executives.

Team executives who spoke to B/R predicted Howard might command $10-15 million in a starting salary—far short of the $23.3 million he just opted out of in Houston, and less than half the $31 million max salary he is said to be seeking. He might also have to settle for a short deal.

If that's the case, then things with Portland's restricted free agents change a bit and Blazer's Edge contributor Eric Griffith puts it more simply.

You can keep two of the following 4: Aminu, Davis, Crabbe, and Leonard and give Dwight Howard up to $17 million

We will update this article as more information becomes available.