ESPN is reporting that a four-team trade between the Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers is in the works. While the deal is being discussed, it has not been finalized, which means Chicago needs to get a horse in the race.
When I say that the Bulls must get involved, it is not for the purpose of obtaining the services of Dwight Howard.
Yes, Howard would be a dream addition, but it is not going to happen. D12 has repeatedly indicated that he will only sign an extension with Brooklyn, which means it would not be prudent for the Bulls to trade any assets for a one-year rental.
However, the Bulls do need to make a call to Orlando and convince the Magic that it would be a better trade partner and could offer more in the way of assets than the Los Angeles Clippers. Under the proposed trade, the Clippers would receive MarShon Brooks in exchange for sending a lottery protected first-round pick to Orlando to help facilitate the trade.
If Orlando's new general manager, Rob Hennigan, is intent on compiling a stockpile of draft picks in the model of the Oklahoma City Thunder (which appears to be the case based on the proposed four-team trade and the Magic's earlier trade of Ryan Anderson) then Chicago must call Hennigan and offer a non-lottery protected first rounder in addition to a future second-round pick or two to be the fourth team.
If Chicago is willing to offer more assets, whether it be additional draft picks, an unprotected first rounder, a young player such as Jimmy Butler or even a sign-and-trade for Omer Asik (who Chicago will lose to Houston anyway if it does not match his restricted free agent tender), then it can most likely take the place of the Clippers and obtain the services of the sweet-shooting and offensive-minded Brooks.
Simply put, Chicago management must do whatever is reasonable to find a way into the Dwight Howard mega-deal and acquire the second-year shooting guard who could be Derrick Rose's backcourt partner for the next half decade.
When I eventually read the headline "Dwight Howard traded to Nets," I really hope that the fine print indicates the Chicago Bulls shipped something to Orlando for the right to acquire MarShon Brooks from the Nets.