NBA Trade Rumors: Will Dwight Howard Join Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls?

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts after a turnover to the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard is bound to be the centerpiece of countless rumors between now and next season's trade deadline.  The most recent one gaining momentum has the Chicago Bulls pursuing Orlando's big man.

According to a report in Slam Magazine, the recently eliminated Bulls are already looking to put pieces together in an effort to acquire the three-time defensive player of the year.

The report doesn't go into any specific players outside of Howard, so this story is open to a ton of speculation at this point.

It's safe to assume that Orlando will insist on Gilbert Arenas being included in any deal involving Dwight Howard.  Considering his production, Arenas may have the worst contract in the NBA.

The Magic won't be excited about losing Howard, but ditching Arenas would be a nice little silver lining for them.

The tricky thing for other teams is how much money is involved when Howard and Arenas are both in the deal well over $30 million.

Under the NBA's current salary cap rules, you have to ship out roughly the same amount of money you bring in for any trade.

For the Bulls to match the incoming cash from the Magic, they'd have to give up their big contracts.  On top of that, they'll have to send promising young talent to make the deal worthwhile for Orlando.

It's not far-fetched to think that this deal could involve as many as 10 players.  

From Chicago's side, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Ronnie Brewer are the big contracts they would send.  Taj Gibson, Omer Asik and Joakim Noah represent the promising young talent.

Orlando would send Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas—plus Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick to balance the deal.

This trade would really hurt Chicago's depth, but they do have three picks in this year's draft—two of which are in the first round.

Plus, having a roster that features Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard would make them a threat even without any other premier names.

If they stood pat after such a deal, their starting five would likely read Rose, Redick, Kyle Korver, Anderson and Dwight Howard.

Certainly not the kind of defensive stalwarts Tom Thibodeau might want, but they'd be extremely potent on offense.

The balance of Rose and Howard's scoring around the basket with the perimeter shooting of Redick, Korver and Anderson would be nearly impossible to defend.

For Orlando, they'd have a solid foundation to build around for the future in Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah—and they could flip Carlos Boozer to another team in need of a power forward (like the Bucks).

Of course, this is all wild speculation right now.  But you have to admit, the thought of Howard and Rose together is intriguing... Fast Don't Lie


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