Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Should Chicago Bulls Chase Howard?
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When you go to the NBA section at other sports websites all you have seen is how the New York Knicks can land New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul or the Los Angeles Lakers want both Chris Paul and the beast known as Dwight Howard.
It depends on what site you go to, but the bias is amazing. With all of that said, let me say thank you to Yahoo Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski for the pure mention that the Chicago Bulls are "sleepers" land Howard, provided that he gets traded.
No disrespect to Chris Paul, but the best point guard in the NBA wears a Bulls uniform and his name is Derrick Rose. People may have heard of him. He's the youngest league MVP ever who really nobody talks about. His game is spectacular on the court, but unassuming off of it, Chris Paul isn't needed here.
Dwight Howard, on the other hand, would be welcomed with opened arms, although he's not needed. As long as he doesn't try to clothesline Rose in practice just as he does when the Bulls play the Orlando Magic.
Can a deal work between the Bulls and Orlando?
In word, yes!
The Bulls would have to give up Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, and either Joakim Noah or Carlos Boozer to go, along with their first round pick and the Charlotte Bobcats top-ten lottery protected pick from the Tyrus Thomas trade of two seasons ago.
That's lot to give up, but to win it all it would be worth it.
Finding a replacement for Deng would be tough, but the Bulls can sign Caron Butler or Shane Battier to take over Deng's role. If the Bulls trade away Noah, they would have arguably the best frontcourt tandem in the last 10-15 years with best friends Boozer and Howard controlling the paint on both offense and defense.
If it's Boozer that they trade, then Noah slides over to his natural power forward spot and defensively the Bulls would be so good that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would spend many nights devising plans that dare the LeBron Jameses of the world to try and shoot up the middle.
So what if you lose the draft picks, as long as the Bulls are winning titles, it doesn't matter.
Where do you see Dwight Howard Landing?
Together, the Eastern Conference belongs to them for the next six or seven years. And what better way to stick it to the Miami Heat than by helping out their chief opponent and making this deal?
Orlando benefits from this trade as well. They would receive at lest two players in the top eight of their respective positions. Also, Joakim Noah play college ball in Gainesville, Florida, where he helped led the Florida Gators to two national championships.
While he's not the box office draw that Dwight Howard is, he and Luol Deng makes the Magic relevant. The Bobcats draft pick may turn into a player like North Carolina's Harrison Barnes or Baylor's Perry Jones III in such a deep draft.
So that gives them a glimmer of hope.
Does it make sense to make this deal? Sign me up. I like the thought of this move already and for once the story around the NBA wouldn't be about the Lakers, Heat, or Knicks.
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