Dwight Howard: Why the Chicago Bulls Should Not Trade for the All-Star Center
Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA—probably the world. The NBA has not seen a center of his caliber since Shaquille O'Neal—and he is an instant Hall of Fame candidate after securing two defensive player of the year awards in a row.
Despite this, his presence on the Chicago Bulls would only shatter the beautiful team chemistry that has lifted them to playoff success.
The Chicago Bulls have the best chemistry in the entire NBA.
They work, live and breath as a unit on the basketball court. Last season their defense powered them through the NBA Playoffs, with offense being brought solely by Derrick Rose. Their only problem being just that—the Bulls only have Rose to depend on offensively. Bulls fans watched in horror as Rose was double-teamed throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, and open shots by Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah could not stop it. None of them brought the offensive presence that demanded the Miami Heat to change their strategy. Derrick Rose is an amazing player, but he cannot do it alone.
This is why the trade rumors surrounding Dwight Howard have surfaced. The Bulls need at least one offensive piece to take the pressure off of Derrick Rose. With a solid second option, it would allow Deng, Noah and Boozer to produce at a level they are more comfortable at, instead of trying to force them to be offensive giants they are not.
However, if the Bulls traded for Howard, they would instantly have to give up at least one, or even two of these players.
If the Bulls traded for Howard, they would have to give up Joakim Noah. Noah is a starter in the NBA, and he would not sit behind Howard. With Noah gone, the Bulls would immediately be hurt as a team. He has been described as a multitude of things to the Bulls, with players describing his energy and spirit as contagious. His presence will be missed, especially in the Bulls' locker room.
To package the deal, the Bulls would also likely include several players off the bench, or potentially another starter. While this could benefit the Bulls, their current squad right now only needs small additions to make it all the way; trading for Howard would only result in them having to rebuild lost team chemistry.
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They would also have to take on one of the Orlando Magic's bad contracts and players; this would probably end up being Hedo Turkoglu. Turkoglu is a massive downgrade from what the Bulls currently possess at forward, and they would have to pay him equally massive amounts of money.
And that's where money comes in. The Chicago Bulls simply don't have the money to keep their starters with both Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard.
With Turkolgu's deal, and Rose's contract ending next year, Chicago would be stuck also having to release or trade another starter to free up cap space. They could not keep their team together for any period of time. It would be the same problem that the Miami Heat are having: while the Bulls would be stocked at point guard and center, they would suffer in every other position because of the lack of cap room.
With Howard, the Bulls could potentially take years to rebuild their team chemistry to the point of winning a title. While with Howard they would eventually reach the Finals, and possibly even win, the Bulls as a team currently are only steps away from the door. They would benefit immensely by simply signing a shooting guard from waivers, or trading for one by only giving up draft picks.
To get Howard, the Bulls would have to sacrifice too much of what makes them one of the best teams in the NBA.
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