That's why adding Howard would be a difference-maker for the Bulls in their quest for a championship.
Marc Stein of ESPN wrote on Friday:
The Bulls, I'm told, are stunned (and somewhat miffed) that Howard doesn't have them on his wish list, struggling to believe he's not angling to hook up with D-Rose in a true (if frigid) NBA metropolis. And interesting won't begin to describe the situation if these teams do start talking seriously, with Orlando sure to want Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson and Chicago more likely to try to sell the Magic on the likes of Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Omer Asik.
According to Stein, the Bulls are still holding onto the prospect of Howard adding them to his wish list. They would prefer to wait until this season ends and trade for him before the draft.
Pairing Howard with Team USA teammate Derrick Rose would be a dynamic combination. Howard by himself is a force in the paint, but you add Rose's driving ability, and you can bet he'd get plenty of good looks at the basket with the defense closing in on Rose.
On top of that, Howard and Rose would undoubtedly have defenses collapsing into the paint, allowing their outside shooters to get wide-open looks at the basket. The Bulls are already shooting 37.6 percent from downtown, eighth in the league. You add Howard, and it could be the most threatening inside-outside offense in the NBA.
The question becomes whether the Bulls should go after Howard despite being one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference with what they have now.
In my mind, the Bulls should go after Howard. There's one clear reason for this: the Miami Heat.
Would trading for Howard be the right move for the Bulls?
The Bulls are leading the Heat by 0.5 games this season, but we all know what happened to them in the playoffs. In short, they lost in five games to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
I don't think the Bulls have done enough to their roster to exact revenge on the Heat in the playoffs this season. However, someone like Howard is one of the few players who could make life very difficult for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the paint.
Sometimes, you have to take a look at your competition and assess whether you really have enough to come out on top.
In this case, Howard would be a great way to deaden the Heat's offensive attack.