Howard would be taking a drastic pay cut to come here. No taxes if he goes to Houston/Dallas, gets an extra year on his contract in LA. Not to mention, he's a giant risk to give a contract to right now and the biggest diva around. He's a shell of the player he was a couple years ago when he was arguably the 2nd or 3rd best guy in the league.
The chance of ANY big name free agent coming here is laughably small, until the team gets more talent. Even if CP3 and Howard BOTH came...they still may not even be contenders. Both guys have nagging injuries and as serious as CP3 takes the game, he would MURDER Howard. Part of the reason CP3 and Blake feuded was Blake just wanting to have fun.
I can't wait until the Hornets are contenders...but it won't be happening until they land a Durant type guy in the draft AND add more talent. Kemba and MKG are nice starts. But they're not even comparable to say Westbrook and Harden, who had Durant and Ibaka as well and came up short of a title last year. Kemba and MKG are the only 2 guys on this roster that would be starting on a playoff team right now. And that's not even a sure thing. Adding a big name FA or even 2 won't make this team a contender.