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Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 4:55 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverrose-dwight

Almost as soon as the NBA and its players reached a tentative agreement to end the lockout and play a 2011-2012 season, Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard, who is eligible to sign an extension or hit free agency next summer, saw rumors engulf him. An offer from the New Jersey Nets was floated out there and word of his interest in the Los Angeles Lakers hit last weekend.

A new suitor has emerged for Howard, the man who should have been the 2011 NBA MVP, and it's the team with the man who won the 2011 NBA MVP, Derrick Rose.

Yahoo Sports reports that the Bulls, 2011 Eastern Conference finalists, are in the mix for Howard.  
The Chicago Bulls are still a sleeper for Howard, several league executives believe. “Chicago may tell Orlando to take any two players – or three – besides [Derrick] Rose,” one GM said. Howard isn’t keen on the cold weather, but the Bulls would have the best point guard-center combination since Magic and Kareem.

The Bulls have Omer Asik developing fast as a potential replacement for Joakim Noah should the Bulls include Noah in a package. Noah would have to be a part of it, but would a combination of Noah and Luol Deng or Carlos Boozer – bringing back Howard and one of those bad Orlando contracts – be enough? The Magic need a force to replace Howard, an anchor.
Howard should salivate at this possibility. He gets a major market, prestigious franchise and a great fanbase. He gets arguably the best point guard in the game to set him up and a chance to compete for the next four NBA titles, at minimum. He has the ability to pursue a ring, increase his already considerable starpower and avoid the Shaquille O'Neal comparisons that would go with a move to the Lakers. Most importantly, he would get to transition to a contender that wouldn't need to over-extend and cripple its core to acquire him. It would be a step up, without question.

Sacrificing a piece -- or two, or three -- to upgrade from Noah to Howard is absolutely a worthwhile play for Chicago. Noah remains one of the league's most underrated players, given his rebounding prowess and defensive intelligence, but Howard is simply a two-way force unlike any other in the NBA. The Bulls lost to the Heat because they over-relied on Rose for scoring, couldn't exploit their advantage in the interior and couldn't keep up with the potent wing combination of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Howard solves the first two of those problems and his interior presence even helps out on the third. Swing a trade for Howard and add the right wing role player, and all of a sudden Eastern Conference supremacy is Chicago's and not Miami's.

While such a move is totally logical for Howard and from Chicago's side, it's nothing but question marks for Orlando. Taking back Boozer and the $60+ million owed to him through 2014-2015 in a trade is just about the dumbest thing anyone in the NBA could do. Sure, Magic GM Otis Smith traded for Gilbert Arenas last year, so impossible is nothing, but losing Howard to a major conference rival shouldn't require receiving one of the most overpaid players in the league in return, especially if your salary cap is as jacked up as Orlando's is. The best possible combination that Chicago can muster, from Orlando's perspective, is something like Deng and Noah (plus a salary to match plus cash and/or picks) for Howard and Turkoglu.

This is where philosophy comes into play. That proposed trade with the Bulls would prevent Orlando from taking three steps backwards but it wouldn't necessarily provide the type of starting-over flexibility that, say, the Net's package centered around Brook Lopez and multiple first round picks would. The Bulls' package would keep Orlando as a lower-seeded playoff team for the foreseeable future with a core of Noah, Deng, J.J. Reddick and Jameer Nelson. The Nets' package would likely require a stepback into the lottery but could mean a better shot at landing the next franchise player. For Orlando, this boils down to: try to rebuild on the fly or take it all apart?

For now, there's no huge rush on Orlando's part. Waiting allows a team like the Lakers, with either Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum to dangle, to get seriously involved to provide a better "on the fly" offer. It also allows teams with cap space or young assets to top New Jersey's "take it all apart" offer. Let the vultures swarm and carefully wade through their offers.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:31 am

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

The more I think about this the more I can see Howard wanting this. In 3 years how good will Koby be compared to how much better Rose will be in 3 years.

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:26 am

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Actually that would be LeBron James...There is even pictures up on google where LeBron James is balling his eyes out after he lost a game
I guess i cant argue with that lol. i just know that everytime i watch a game with Orlando, Howard is constantly whinning about foul calls that he "didn't" commit.  Comes off as very childish and it sickens me to still see this from him, stop giving the refs shit and play!

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:05 am

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Well be careful what you wish for. Get Howard and have great regular season success, then you will fall apart in the playoffs because of your lack of depth. 

Funny thing about Howard going here, going there.. The Magic haven't commited to trading him as of yet.  

Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:47 am

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Terrible post

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:03 am

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

yeah,but if you trade all 3 bulls for howard the bulls would have great cap space.if you were free agent would you want to play with d-rose and howard in chicago?if bulls sucker orlando into taking boozer' dead weight contract it would be monumental.then they could amnesty turkeglu and get a couple role players and it's back to grant park for 6 celebrations.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:58 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

To anyone with questions, hell yes Howard is worth it.  I wasn't for Bulls giving up Noah for Melo, but for Howard I have no problem giving up Noah, Deng and Boozer if they want.  Of those three, Deng hurts the most because he was the best and most versatile in the playoffs.  Boozer sucked and Noah was inconsistent.  Howard is certainly worth the production of both Noah and Boozer.  Boozer disappointed last year and is as often injured as not.  Noah also has the injury bug, but when healthy is a top 5 rebounder. a defensive stopper and can block shots.  Boozer can scorte and rebound but can't play the kind of defense Thibodeau wants to play.  Deng can score, rebound, block shots, pass and shoot the three.  He is clutch, but to get Howard you have to give him up.  If we lose Noah we have Asik.  For Boozer we have Gibson. We'd have to pick up 2 free agents at the 2 and 3 to replace Deng and supplement scoring at shooting guard.  But we'd have Howard and Rose and none of the other teams would be able to stop both Rose and Howard.  The Bulls would crush Miami and Cetics.  Plus our core would be one younger than the Heat and could compete for Championships for a decade.  Wow, that sure sounds like a pipe dream.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:35 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

The Bulls are going to go out and trade half there roster away just to have Howard, how is he even worth it? Unless you have depth , your not going to compete for championships. I would take Boozer, Noah, Deng and whoever else they will have to deal off over Howard. Dwight is a great player, but is he worth what they would have to give up?

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:24 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:40 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

NBA fans know three truths:

1) Howard is leaving Orlando

2) Howard wants to play in a big market

3) That none of the other big market NBA teams (Lakers, Knicks, Celtics, Miami etc.) have NOTHING better to offer. While a package of something like Boozer, Deng and Noah doesn't involve a "cornerstone" it does involve three better players that they can get anywhere.

Kobe and his large contract will void a Paul and Howard to Los Angeles (unless you think Kobe is retiring after this year).

Would you rather have Gasol and BS or Deng, Boozer and Noah. I'd choose the latter without even thinking. Forget about what the Knicks can do (unless they offer Amare). Anyone who thinks Amare is a centerpiece is joking themselves too.

And does anyone think Howard is going to (or should) go to anything but a top market team? If so, you are wrong.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:31 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

so much for all this whining about Howard being a "warm weather guy" I'm sure he'll be wearing flip flops in the windy city.  Yeah right.. this deal ain't gonna happen.. but if it did Chicago would crush Miami out of the playoffs.
I wonder what the Bulls would have to give up to make this happen

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