Dwight Howard recently spoke about potentially joining the Chicago Bulls and didn't dump cold water on the deal.
Per ESPN Chicago:
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.
It has nothing to do with adidas," Howard said, according to the Tribune. "In fact, adidas would love that because me and Derrick have the same guy.
I'm curious as to when and where these quotes were made as well as the context, but the implication is certainly that Howard is open to joining the Chicago Bulls.
What would it take?
If it's not Derrick Rose, does it matter?
The Magic's owner has professed a desire to stay competitive rather than to tear things down and is looking for talent that can be a positive impact right away with Howard. They'll also likely look to move Turkoglu at the same time.
While we could discuss specifics of a trade of Howard to Chicago, I'll basically say this. If you get Dwight Howard and you keep Derrick Rose, pretty much anything else is in play.
Howard + Turkoglu + Duhon + Anderson for Deng + Noah + Taj + Omer + picks? You really saying no to that? Really?
If you can pair up Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose then it'd be awfully tough to figure out some permutation of the deal where the Bulls aren't infinitely better off within by the start of next season after getting a chance to fill up on veteran role players.
The Bulls might win a title as constructed, but a healthy Rose/Howard combination is about as close to a guarantee for a title as you're going to get in this NBA. You make that happen regardless of the cost.
Will it happen?
I'd be very surprised. Who knows if the Bulls are even officially on his list or whether he just decided he didn't want to look like a dumbass for saying he wouldn't go to Chicago to play with Derrick Rose.
When his agent or the Orlando GM announce that permission has been sought to talk with Chicago then we can get excited. Until that point, I'm not sure this means a whole heck of a lot.
That said, it raises my Dwight to Chicago hopes from "no way in hell" to "awfully unlikely" which makes for a fun news day as far as these things go.