The Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer could be traded before the NBA's trade deadline, and such a move would likely benefit the Bulls. Boozer has been efficient his last two outings, but he struggles to add much on the defensive side of the ball.
According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the Orlando Magic are very interested in a package from the Bulls that would send Omer Asik, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer to Chicago for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu. Berger states that the discussions have fizzled because of Howard's lack of commitment to signing an extension.
While Boozer has been efficient on offense, this Chicago team's strength lies in their defensive ability. If the Bulls are able to make a move for Howard happen, they would be downright scary on defense.
As of now, the Bulls defense has helped them jump out to an NBA-best 34-9 record. Despite having the best record, the Miami Heat are likely the favorites to win the Eastern Conference because of their three-headed monster in Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
If the Bulls realistically expect to contend against the Heat, they will need to be able to shut down the Heat's many offensive weapons. A big way to curtail the impact that these players have is to clog the middle of the floor and not allow them to get easy buckets.
If you give a player a choice of who they would want to see guarding the paint, Carlos Boozer/Joakim Noah or Dwight Howard, just about everybody would prefer it not be Howard.
Many will argue that if it isn't broke, don't fix it. That's usually true, but the best record in the regular season doesn't always guarantee success come playoff time—something Bulls fans should be very aware of following last season.
The Bulls can win with Boozer, but it will take incredible play from Derrick Rose in the playoffs. Last season, Rose gave his all in the Eastern Conference Finals, but even that wasn't good enough. He would need to be close to downright perfect for the Bulls to beat the Heat in a seven-game series.
Another trade possibility for the Bulls is sending him to the Los Angeles Lakers—a trade rumor that had much noise a few weeks ago. The rumor had Boozer going to the Lakers along with Luol Deng and getting Gasol in return.
This would not be a good trade for the Bulls because of having to give up Deng as well. If the Bulls could work out a deal to send Boozer to LA without having to also give up Deng, this is a trade that could make sense for the Bulls. It wouldn't put them over the top defensively, but it would give them another scoring option down low.
As of now, the Bulls are a very good team that has a good chance at competing for a championship this season. But does this team, the way it currently stands, have enough power to make the leap from the NBA's final four to a champion?