NBA Trade Rumors: Why Dwight Howard to Chicago Is Best Option for All Parties

Andre KhatchaturianCorrespondent IIIFebruary 2, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - DECEMBER 25:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic looks inside as Nazr Mohammed #8 of the Oklahoma City Thunder defends during the NBA season opening game December 25, 2011 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma City led Orlando at the half. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard has added another team to his wish list. Howard said he wouldn't mind being a Bull, and it may be the team that makes most sense for the Chicago, Howard and the Orlando Magic.

In other words, all parties benefit. 

For one, the Chicago Bulls have a sufficient amount of pieces that they can ship to Orlando for Howard. They can offer Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu's massive contract. 

According to ESPN's Trade Machine, this trade would be successful.

Now, does it make sense for both teams?

Of course it does. The Bulls get one of the best big men of the generation in Dwight Howard and instantly have another threat to use against the Miami Heat, who have had their number ever since last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

They no longer become a one-dimensional team that is overly dependent on Derrick Rose

One may argue that the Bulls are giving up way too much in Deng, Boozer and Brewer. However, for an elite player like Dwight Howard, it's definitely worth it. 

The trade gives the Bulls one of the best duos in the league. Throw in Joakim Noah clogging the paint and all of a sudden, the Bulls turn into the Eastern Conference favorites.

The Magic, on the other hand, gets three solid pieces they can build the team around. Boozer and Deng are both experienced veterans under contract for the next few years. Throw in a solid shooter in Ronnie Brewer to come off the bench behind J.J. Reddick and Jameer Nelson at point guard, and the Magic can remain in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. 

Most importantly, the Magic get players back in return. They don't let Dwight walk away in the summer during free agency for nothing. If that happens, don't be surprised if the Magic turn into the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Last but not least, they will get rid of the distraction that is Dwight Howard. You'd be lying if you thought that the trade saga hasn't been a nuisance for the team. After the trade, the Magic will be able to focus on basketball again. 

When the Denver Nuggets traded Carmelo Anthony, they continued to play well because they made a trade that was beneficial for both teams. Now, they're third in the West and are trying to hang at the top of the Western Conference.

As for Howard, he gets to play with arguably the best point guard in the league. Playing with Rose can ignite his career. It's a lot easier to win ball games when you don't have to be the prime target. Rose can be an assassin at the point position and Howard can dominate inside. 

It'll become an unstoppable threat which will give Miami fits. Every time the Heat play the Bulls, LeBron starts guarding Rose in close situations in the fourth quarter and Rose can't do squat.

Now that he has Howard on his team, he can just feed him the ball and have him dominate the paint. The Heat don't have an answer to him.

In fact, nobody does. This is why it completely makes sense to trade away three B-plus players for an A-plus guy. Also, the Magic benefit by getting rid of Turkoglu's lousy contract that he's not living up to. He may be a better in Chicago if he's surrounded by Rose, a world-class facilitator.

Howard is finally looking at the league and seeing that there are better options than the Lakers, Mavs and Nets to succeed. Maybe now that the Magic are starting to lose, his frustration is building up and he realizes that it's not about glitz and glamour. 

He wants to win. Going to Chicago solves that problem easily.