With so many Dwight Howard rumors flying around, I can't understand why nobody is screaming for Howard to wind up playing in Chicago. How awesome would it be to see Howard running a pick and roll with Derrick Rose?
The Bulls have been the best team in the Eastern Conference for the past two seasons.
When Derrick Rose got injured in the 2012 playoffs, that ended their chances of beating the Miami Heat. However, if Chicago could somehow upgrade their already impressive roster, why couldn't they be in the "Super Team" conversation?
If the Bulls landed Howard, why wouldn't they be on the short list to win next year's NBA title?
So I broke out the ESPN Trade Machine, and I came up with this deal:
The Chicago Bulls get Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu. Howard and Rose immediately form the best "point guard-center" combo in the NBA.
Can you imagine the Bulls' D with Dwight Howard in the middle? They are already scary good on D, but with Howard they would give opponents nightmares.
Turkoglu would step in as the starting small forward. He isn't as good as Luol Deng, but he is a starting-caliber player, and he is a good shooter.
He would help spread the floor for Derrick Rose, and make no mistake about it, Turkoglu would have to be included in any deal for Howard. Getting rid of his contract is a high priority for the Magic.
Who wins this trade?
The Orlando Magic get Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and C.J. Watson from the Bulls, and also acquire Anderson Varajao from the Cleveland Cavs.
Watson is a throw-in for salary purposes, and his $3.2 million would come off of the books after this season.
Deng is one of the better starting small forwards in the NBA, and he is locked in for two more years ($13.4 million per season).
Noah is perhaps the most underrated big man in the NBA—an elite defender, a good rebounder, and a big man that plays hard without needing the ball all the time. He is locked in for four more seasons at the very reasonable price of $11.3 million per season.
Finally, Varajao is a big, physical player that is among the more underrated power forwards in the NBA. At 6'11, he would team up with Noah to form one of the more physical front lines in the league.
Varajao is 29 years old, and is locked in for three more years at $8.4 million per season. In addition to getting a backup point guard and three starters, the Magic would also get the Bulls 2013 first-round pick, the Bulls 2014 second-round pick, and Cleveland's 2013 second-round pick.
The Cleveland Cavs get Glen Davis, who is three years younger than Varajao, and a starting-caliber power forward. The Cavs would also get the Bulls 2015 first-round pick as part of this deal.
Where will Dwight Howard play next season?
Davis makes less money than Varajao ($6.4 million) and is younger. This would open the door for the Cavs to get younger by starting Davis or second-year power forward Tristan Thompson.
With a young team in place (Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller), the Cavs need to continue getting younger. This trade, along with the draft pick they'd receive, would allow them to do that.
The Bulls core group of Rose, Howard, Carlos Boozer, Turkoglu, Taj Gibson, rookie Marquis Teague, Rip Hamilton and Kyle Korver would challenge the Heat for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.
Orlando would reload with three new starters to line up with starting point guard Jameer Nelson. They would have extra picks and cap flexibility moving forward, and this lineup would no doubt keep them in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Cavs, as I said, would keep getting younger and keep adding draft picks. Since a third team would be needed to help Orlando unload contracts, they make sense because they are currently below the salary cap.
This is a trade that probably won't happen, but it makes sense on paper.
Why Dwight Howard wouldn't want to play in Chicago, with a young point guard that would be with him throughout his career, is beyond me.
This makes too much sense not to happen.