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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: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:36 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

I don't really see it.  Of course the Bulls would love to land Howard, and Noah is a nice starting place....but what else do the Bulls have to offer?  Deng and Boozer?  That's just a bunch of money wasted on players that aren't building blocks.  If Orlando trades Howard, they need players/picks with more potential.  The Bulls don't have lottery picks to offer...and that should be part of any deal Orlando considers for Howard. 

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:24 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Love me a little Dwight Howard in the CHI, his post dominance and D-Roses atheleticism to get to the bucket would make them serious contenders in the east. I think Howards biggest mistake would be to go to an outdated Laker team.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:14 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.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:11 pm

Well, duh..........

What team wouldn't want Howard...........

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:08 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Dwight Howard = biggest baby in the game.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:01 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Let me think for a second if this is a good trade.....YES! Ill drive them to the airport and pick up Howard. It wouldnt be whether this team would win a title but how many. Damn Make the deal!

Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:39 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

the bulls is a great fit 4 him ,just what they need for derrick rose 2win the big oneMoney mouth

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:35 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

It would be scary to see the defense that a Tib's coached team would have with Howard as the anchor. I agree that if they can pull this off they should hold on to Boozer and then waive him next year and gain the salary cap relief that year.  This trade would be the only one that could upset Miami as the team to beat in East.

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:26 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

I absoultely would trade Noah, Taj, and Deng for Howard and Turk. It will impact the perimeter defense with Deng and Taj leaving but Howard brings better shot blocking and interior muscle. We will need to seek a small forward with defense for cheap. Grant Hill, Josh Howard or Caron Butler would work. This will put us over the top because we will have two unstoppable players at the key positions; center and point guard. We still will need some firepower at the two guard as well. Boozer will excel being the third option similar to what Deng did last year.

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:18 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Who in the right mind would say Chandler is a better fit than Howard. Are you kidding me! Chandler doesn't come close to the value of Howard defensively, offensively, and overall talent. Chandler is a poor man Noah at best.

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