Dwight Howard Open To Trade To Chicago Bulls
Recently, reports surfaced that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard would be open to the idea of being traded to the Chicago Bulls. If this is in fact true, I think it’d be the perfect landing spot for Howard. The biggest piece going back to Orlando in any possible deal with the Bulls, would be young center Joakim Noah. I have no idea what else would go with Noah back to Orlando, but Noah is a tough aggressive center, and exactly what the Magic need to get back in any deal. Perhaps they could pry away Luol Deng too, but I don’t know if the Bulls would go that far in trying to get Dwight Howard. Out of all the teams that have been mentioned in Dwight Howard trade rumors, I think the Bulls are the best spot for him out of a list that also includes the Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks, Hawks, Celtics, Warriors, 76ers, and Nets, who are his number one choice supposedly.
Here’s why the Bulls are the best fit: They have a young superstar point guard locked up for a long time. They also have a very good power forward in Carlos Boozer. Now with Noah going back to Orlando in any such trade, you’d have one of the best, if not the best, cores in the NBA. You would have the best center in the league, and arguably the best point guard in the league on the same team. Not to mention, Boozer is not a slouch and is arguably a top five power forward, but with many great young power forwards now in the league, I don’t think he is. Anyway, those three leading your team definitely has you in contention for a championship. Without Howard, the Bulls can hang with the Heat, but if you add Howard to the Bulls to replace Noah, they can take them down without a doubt. They can go up against the Thunder, Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks, and Nuggets from the West in an NBA Finals series, if they were to make it. If you’re the Bulls, and you have a chance to acquire Dwight Howard, the best center in the NBA, without having to give up Noah AND Boozer, you have to pull the trigger.
How would those other teams cores look if they made a trade for Dwight Howard? Let’s take a look. Lakers would feature Kobe Bryant, Dwight, and MAYBE Pau Gasol. The Knicks would feature Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, since a proposed deal would send Tyson Chandler AND Amar’e Stoudemire to Orlando. The Mavericks would feature Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Howard. The Hawks would feature Joe Johnson, Dwight Howard, and one of Josh Smith/Al Horford. The Celtics would feature Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard, I’m not including Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, or Kevin Garnett since all are aging, declining, and may not remain with Boston if they acquired Dwight Howard. The Warriors would feature one of Stephen Curry/Monta Ellis, Dwight Howard, and one of David Lee/Dorell Wright. The 76ers would feature Dwight Howard and maybe Andre Iguodala. Last but not least, the Nets would feature Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, and Kris Humphries, who is a rebounding machine, and to have him and Howard on the same team, the Nets would win the rebounding battle every night. Now look at the cores of those teams after a Dwight Howard trade happens, who would strike fear in the oppositions eyes and be a title contender? I can make a case for the Lakers, and maybe the Mavericks and Hawks.
The Hawks would have the steepest hill to climb with the monsters of the East, the Bulls and Heat still at the top, and still maybe facing problems with the Knicks, Celtics, and 76ers. The Mavericks would have Dirk and Howard leading the team, with a declining Jason Kidd running the point, and lots of depth being lost in a trade. The Mavs would still have to fight off the young guns in the West like the Thunder, Clippers, Nuggets, and the vets in the Lakers. Now finally, the Lakers would still have a pretty formidable team with Kobe, Dwight, and possibly Pau Gasol, if the Lakers can keep Gasol in a trade and just send Andrew Bynum packing. They’d lose a lot of depth in any trade, but they don’t have a lot of depth to begin with. Either way, having Kobe, Dwight, and Gasol is a very good core and can win a championship. If Bynum AND Gasol go to Orlando in the trade, then Kobe and Dwight alone will not win a championship for the Lakers, unless they can get a few key players in free agency to go with them, or get Deron Williams too.
In a Bulls deal, you have the reigning MVP Derrick Rose, who is arguably the games best point guard, a very solid power forward in Carlos Boozer, and the best center in the league in Dwight Howard, with still enough depth to get by and win an NBA title. If I’m Dwight Howard and there is even a remote possibility that the Bulls are interested in acquiring me, they’d become the number one team I wanna go to. The Bulls are closer to winning a championship after a trade for Dwight Howard then the Nets are. Everyone can make an argument for whatever team looks the best if a trade for D12 is made, but I think without a doubt and without a second thought, the Bulls would look the best after such a deal is made. Anyway, here’s another question, where do you think Dwight Howard will ultimately end up being traded to, if he is indeed traded?