Let me first be honest. As a Bulls fan, there is nothing I'd want more than to see a Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose combination. If I go to a game at the United Center I wouldn't know what jersey to wear. The Bulls would have the best point guard and best center in the league, hands down.
But it's not going to happen.
Dwight Howard's deal in Orlando is up, and rumors are flying around. Everybody seems to have the "inside scoop." The most recent storyline is that Dwight wants to stay in Orlando no matter what, but then again, we've heard that from LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony recently. The only consensus out there is that if Howard decides he wants to leave, Orlando will trade him in return for some assets.
And that's where the Bulls come in. Among teams rumored to be interested, the Lakers another, the Bulls clearly have the most assets. Howard would love to play with Rose, and vice versa. It seems perfect, so what could get in the way? Well, a lot actually.
The first issue is going to be Howard himself. Carmelo literally occupied the Knicks, and Nets entire season as the team spent all their time focused on that potential deal while he wafted back and forth about what to do. The Bulls simply should not, and could not, spend time waiting for Howard to make up his mind about what to do when they can be working to acquire a shooting guard.
Ah, yes. The Bulls shooting guard situation has been mentioned so much it's almost at the point now where fans would rather play anyone except whose on the roster now. The Bulls don't need to place all their chips in one basket by trading for Howard when the acquisition of a shooter who can run the floor and defend should be the primary goal.
And in essence, the Bulls are only one player away from competing for the title. By competing in the Eastern Conference finals with Keith Bogans as the starter, if the Bulls add someone along the lines of OJ Mayo, there is no reason to think why the team cannot win the finals. After all, the Bulls won 62 games with Bogans starting. If Mayo were on the team, the Bulls could have won 65 or more.
Some might point to this recent series as an example why the Bulls will not beat the Heat without a player such as Howard. Don't forget the Bulls beat them three times this year. During the playoffs, experience definitely played a role with Haslem, LeBron and Wade all having played at such a level before. The Bulls just need more experience, not a dramatic facelift ending with the trade for Howard to compete.
And let's not be greedy. The Bulls are sitting pretty right now with a talented, relatively young center. Okay, he did not play well in the playoffs, and leading up to the playoffs. But he was returning from injury in the middle of the year and never hit his stride again. Before Joakim Noah hurt his hand, he was averaging 16 PPG, and 14 boards per game.
But perhaps the most valuable thing about Noah is his relationship with Derrick Rose. Rose obviously is closest to Noah on the team. Are you telling me you want to trade Rose's best friend in the year the team is eligible to extend his contract?
Orlando is going to demand a king's ransom for Superman, and way more assets that the Bulls will be willing to part with. Noah is obviously going to be part of the deal back. Orlando would next demand Luol Deng, to which the Bulls would, in this hypothetical scenario, flat out refuse to do so.
As a result, Orlando would then take all of the Bulls' talent. One of the team's biggest assets is its bench, but that would be gone in such a trade as Taj Gibson, Omer Asik and at least one shooting guard would be sent to Orlando.
But that's not the scary part. Trading Dwight Howard sends Orlando back into rebuilding mode, and as such they would want to start over. Any bad, or excessively large contracts for overpaid and gun wielding players will be tossed by the Magic. And their one opportunity to do so is in a Howard trade. As a result, Gilbert Arenas will be a "package deal" so to speak, with Howard.
The aftermath of the trade would prove huge problems for the Bulls. As Gilbert Arenas would be included with the trade, the Bulls would have absolutely no cap flexibility. A large contract would be given to Carlos Boozer. Max contracts would be given to Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. And the worst deal in history would be given to Arenas. The Bulls would have no money to add a shooting guard, or to replace the lost depth.
The depth is also an issue, especially one that Miami experienced this summer. Luol Deng will have to play huge minutes because Ronnie Brewer can't come off the bench for him. Boozer has to play more, and therefore be at more risk for injury because of the loss of Taj Gibson. And Bogans will have to play most of the game because of little depth. It would be Miami V2.
With all that being said, ally oops from Derrick Rose to Dwight Howard would be a sight to see. The Bulls would have the best center, and best point guard in the league hands down. Yet, a trade simply does not make sense. Yes, there are reports that the Bulls will make this trade, but it won't happen. After all, Gar Forman did not win Executive for the Year for pulling off trades that end up hurting the Bulls.