Bulls Rumors: Dwight Howard Makes Chicago Team to Beat in Eastern Conference

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 9, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 24:  Dwight Howard #12 and Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 24, 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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Ever since the news that the 2011-2012 NBA season was on, there has been a wildfire of rumors around the league.

This season's two big-name athletes that are expected to be on the move are New Orleans' Chris Paul and Orlando's Dwight Howard.

Last night, we saw all the ruckus with the trade for Paul to Los Angeles when the league declined the trade.

That means that both are still on the market.

With all of the talks today about Paul, many are starting to forget that he is probably the second-best player available.

The guy to get is actually Howard.

One of the teams that is rumored to be in the running is the Chicago Bulls.

Many big news outlets, including NBA.com and CBS Sports, have reported that the Bulls have considered a couple package deals to try to nab Howard.

There are talks that Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer could be a part of a package deal. Maybe there would be picks required as well.

If they can figure something out, they need to pull the trigger. The move would take them from a playoff team to a championship contender.

Last season's MVP, Derrick Rose, did his best to singlehandedly carry this team to the promised land last season.

The team finished with a 62-20 record, which many fail to realize was the best in the NBA.

However, when they reached the Eastern Conference Finals, they fell to the Miami Heat.

Howard would make that result a different story.

New York, Miami and Chicago seem to be the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

New York still needs a couple pieces to put everything together. Chicago really only needs one.

A physical presence like Howard would make a world of difference when it comes to dominating the Eastern Conference.

What was Miami's biggest flaw last season? They were soft under the rim. They didn't play physical basketball. They were pushed around by bigger players.

Pair up Howard with Rose, and we may see one of the best duos in the NBA since Shaq and Kobe.