Chicago Bulls: Its Time to Make a Deal to Land Dwight Howard

Nicholas HoeftCorrespondent IIIDecember 11, 2011

Dwight Howard
Dwight HowardChristian Petersen/Getty Images

ESPN's Nick Friedell is reporting that the Bulls are going to throw their hat into the Dwight Howard ring.

Perhaps the additions of Chandler to New York and Battier to Miami—or the resignings of Greene in Boston and Richardson in Orlando—have alarmed management to the point where they feel they're going to be left behind. Whatever the reason, Chicago management seems to have a real interest in putting together a package to bring in "Superman" to play next to the "Chi City Kid."

I would suggest that management make the following moves so they can land the best center in the NBA through a trade with the Orlando Magic.

Cut: Keith Bogans ($1.7M), John Lucas ($950k) and Jannero Pargo ($1.26M).

Keep: Derrick Rose ($6.99M), Kyle Korver ($5M),  Ronnie Brewer ($4.71M), C.J. Watson ($3.4M), Omer Asik ($1.85M), Taj Gibson ($1.2M) and Jimmy Butler ($900k).

Sign: Kris Humphries ($5M) and Troy Murphy (veteran minimum).

Trade: Joakim Noah ($10M), Carlos Boozer ($13.5M), Luol Deng ($12.34M), Bobcat's 2012 first-round pick and Bulls 2012 first-round pick to Orlando for Dwight Howard ($17.8M), Hidayet Turkoglu ($10.6M), Jason Richardson ($6M) and Orlando's 2012 second-round pick.


Bulls Roster

PG: Rose, Watson

SG: J. Richardson, Brewer and Korver

SF: Turkoglu, J. Butler and Korver

Jason Richardson
Jason RichardsonKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

PF: Gibson, Humphries and Murphy

C: Howard, Asik

Lose: Bobcat and Bulls 2012 first-round picks

Gain: 2012 second-round pick 


Magic Roster

PG: Nelson, Duhon

SG: Redick, Q. Richardson and Wafer (already traded for him)

SF: Deng, Liggins

PF: Boozer, Big Baby (already traded Bass for him) and McRoberts (need to sign him)

C: Noah, Anderson

Gain: Charlotte and Bulls' 2012 first-round picks

Lose: 2012 second-round pick