True! The NBA trade rumor mill is spinnin. Once again Dwight Howard was asked where he might end up this season, and this time he mentioned he’s open to landing in Chicago with the Bulls and reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose. Prior to last Friday, Howard had mentioned locations including Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey and Dallas yada yada yada.
I mean why wouldn’t he want to play alongside Rose? A Rose-Howard dynamic duo (“double d” – Derrick and Dwight) could be, potentially, the best point guard-center combination in NBA history. It’s just what Chicago needs to wipe the floors with their Eastern Conference rival the Miami Heat, whose greatest weaknesses are at point guard and center. Hit them where it hurts. With the combination of Rose’s explosiveness and Howard’s strength and rebounding skills, I can barely keep my pants on. They’d be unstoppable.
“If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen,” Howard told the Chicago Tribune. “It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That’s my brother.”
Rumors had spread saying that marketer Adidas would not want two signature players being signed to the same team. I say forget Adidas, bring on the big man. More people live in Chicago than Orlando, which equals more feet to wear shoes, which results in their stupid shoe sales being fine.
Now, for the real question, is this franchise changing trade necessary for the Bulls success?
The Orlando Magic are most likely going to demand that Hedo Turkoglu’s bloated contract be taken on by the team getting Howard. This would force the Bulls to negotiate a player of Luol Deng’s caliber. We would also need to give up Joakim Noah (2nd best center in the east) and probably either Omer Asik or Taj Gibson. So many of my favorites…Noah’s messy bun alone holds a special place in my Bulls-fan heart.
We must remember the Bulls won 62 of 82 games last season. They also addressed their biggest positional weakness by adding Richard Hamilton at shooting guard. We have Rose the MVP at point, Deng and Noah who should be All-Stars. Chicago’s depth is impressive with Gibson and Asik backing up Carlos Boozer, Noah in the frontcourt and Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson and Kyle Korver coming off the bench as guards.
Would this trade be too much? Would such an alteration in the Bulls structure strip them of their identity? It isn’t likely as Howard would more than makeup for any lost rebounding as a three-time defensive player of the year. Would this type of trade be the only way Chicago would be considered the Miami Heat’s equal as a title contender?
This is all extremely hypothetical as both sides would have to really jump on it to make the trade deadline (for those of you who don’t know, it’s March 15th).