NBA Trade Rumors: Derrick Rose Only Chicago Bull Untouchable for Dwight Howard

Bob WarjaSenior Writer IFebruary 1, 2012

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Now that Dwight Howard has indicated a willingness to consider playing for the Bulls, they must be willing to move anyone on their roster, except Derrick Rose, in order to make this trade happen.

And I mean anyone.

Sure, if the Bulls include Joakim Noah and Luol Deng in a trade, they may not have enough talent left to win a title this season. But then again, if they don't make a move for Howard, they still won't be good enough to win a championship anyway.

The point is: While giving up important pieces like Noah and Deng will hurt the Bulls in the short run, having the chance to pair Rose and Howard makes the Bulls championship contenders for the next 10 years.

It's much easier to find the next Noah and Deng, than it is to find another Howard.

Unless Chicago adds another star player to the mix to complement Rose, they will always be the bridesmaid, and never the bride.

Look, Rose simply isn't good enough to win a title on his own. Even the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan, couldn't have won a ring without Scottie Pippen.

Meanwhile, we've seen that blowing your team up and building with one player is a precedent set by the Miami Heat. They held onto Dwyane Wade, while gutting their roster, and acquiring LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

While that hasn't resulted in a championship yet, it was enough to beat the Bulls in the playoffs last season. And without Howard, the Bulls are likely to fall again this postseason.


Yes, the regular season may continue to be successful for the Bulls going forward, with the players they have surrounding Rose now, but isn't the goal to win it all?

For as good as Rose is, the Bulls lack an athletic big man who can pull down rebounds and score. Yet, I keep hearing from Bulls fans who insist you can't trade this guy, and you can't include that guy. Deng's name is frequently mentioned as untouchable.

I agree that, when healthy, Deng is a good player. But, when you have a chance to get a superstar, you do what you have to do.

Remember a few years ago when the Bulls couldn't make trades for players like Pau Gasol because they just couldn't move players like Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich?

Well, how did that work out for them?

This is a big city, so think big for a change, Bulls. Stop being conservative, and really go for it. Trade the whole team and your draft picks, if that's what it takes.

The Bulls need Dwight Howard. Batman needs his Robin.