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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: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:42 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

who do you have? Bynum, injury prone Bynum, Gasol and Boozer are the same, rest are old men Good luck with that if the Magic and Hornets really are that stupid. we would offer them Noah, Boozer, Gibson, and Deng and a 2nd rounder. you guys won't get Howard and Paul won't happen. I don't think he will go to Chicago but it could happen not LA. Paul is going to New York Howard is going to New Jersey. you guys will suck for 5 years. Heat and Chi will be the best teams in the NBA not Lakers!! sorry Kobe.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:41 am
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Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:31 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Don't be so quick to dismiss Boozer.  With Howard in the middle, Boozer wouldn't have to worry about defense at all, or really just keep playing the same way.  On offense, his shot and low post moves will open up and Howard's presence might even improve his offensive numbers.  

I don't mind losing Noah, Gibson and a draft pick or two.  Gibson's energy will be missed, but Noah's ineptitude on offense detracts everything away from his energy and hustle.  

This would be a long-term team with immediate results.  There would be little worry from me about getting other players.  As we've seen in the south, if you build it, they will come.  We'll be able to fill spots easily with quality players knowing they have such a strong chance at winning a title.

My thoughts.. 

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 4:44 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Knowing how the Magic like to screw over the Bulls, I wouldn't be surprised if they demand Noah, Gibson, Asik and Charlotte's first round pick.  Then the Bulls would lack depth in both the Center and Power Forward positions.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:39 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Noah will definitely be a part of any deal.  The question is, which other player will be the other "piece" that goes?  Probably Deng, possibly Gibson or Brewers.

Then the Bulls can go out and try to sign Jason Richardson.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:49 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

Not a bad idea but giving up Deng is a no go. 

What you do is trade these guys

Orlando Gets

Chicago Recieves


Nick Young
TJ Ford
David West

Automatic Championship

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:58 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

The Bulls are not looking to package Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, AND Luol Deng. That's just silly. Not only is it highly unlikely that ANY team in the NBA would take on all three of those contracts, but it wouldn't be very smart for the Bulls. The current package that would make most sense, is Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and Taj Gibson. Although you're giving up the biggest spark on your bench in Gibson, adding Howard --as well as a wing-- increases not only your PPG, but your wins expectancy. The Bulls obviously have the most well-rounded team out of all the Howard suitors. If I'm Orlando, I deal with the Bulls, and the Bulls exclusively.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:51 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:31 pm

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

LOL. Deng, Noah, and Boozer? I guess you want the main guys responsible for the Bulls losing to the Heat last year out. I would definitely trade Boozer and Noah since you are getting Howard in return, but Luol Deng is not that bad of a player. He like Rose was under a lot of pressures. Noah and Boozer should have dominated every team in the playoffs on the boards without having to foul everyone. Good luck with this trade.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:38 am

Bulls consider trade package for Dwight Howard?

how's this for the trade senario.  deng, noah and boozer along with bulls 1st rounder and rights to bobcats first rounder for howard, hedu and arenas.  orlando gets some young talent and picks to build back up.  magic could be back in mix within a year or two and get rid of two bad contracts for just one who will produce decent stats and be a model citizen.  bulls get center and sg they need.  that is of course assuming that arenas behaves like a halfway decent citizen and not a turd.  then with the new collective bargaining agreement bulls can use it to their advantage and cut hedu.  sounds good to me.  if this is the deal i jump on it, even if gilbert reverts to turd status, then cut his arse too.  

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