It's not clear where Ken Berger is quoting an offer or whether he's simply speculating, but Dwight Howard is blocking a trade to the Chicago Bulls which looks like it could get done otherwise. If this package is legit. I'm making this trade whether Howard agrees to stay or not.
The Full Ken Berger article is here.
Magic executives are said to be unimpressed with the assets Howard's three preferred teams could provide in a trade, prompting them to engage in a calculated campaign to expand the field of potential suitors beyond the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers. But the team that can make the strongest case for Orlando to depart from its risky strategy of holding onto Howard are the Bulls, who could offer 7-footer Omer Asik, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu, sources said. The Bulls also could offer a valuable first-round pick from Charlotte -- top-14 protected in this year's draft but but unprotected by 2016.
Such a scenario has gained no traction since Chicago is "not on his list," a person familiar with the situation said of Howard. Without assurances from Howard or his camp that he'd be willing to sign long-term with the Bulls, Chicago executives have exhibited no appetite for trade talks with the Magic. The two teams have spoken, but there's "no type of serious discussions" going on, a person familiar with the situation said.
Really? Boozer, Deng, Asik, and the Charlotte pick for Turkoglu and Howard? Who cares if Dwight leaves after that trade? Boozer's an amnesty candidate anyway, Deng's only got one year left, and there's a good shot Asik leaves in the off-season as a FA while Luol Deng is presently sitting out with a wrist injury.
If this trade is on the table, you make it, and if Howard leaves then oh well, I'll live with the result. That team above becomes the favorite to win the title this year. I hate Turkoglu, but he's still a secondary ball handler and creator which the Bulls need and Howard now mans the middle with Joakim playing PF?
Defensively, this team would start holding teams to 70 points a game on a regular basis. You're effectively swapping Carlos Boozer for the league's best defender, the other team might as well forget about shooting above 40% from the field ever again. Sure the perimeter defense might get a bit weaker with Turoglu starting, but once Hamilton is back you can insert Brewer into the starting lineup to have a defense that has absolutely extraordinary athleticism.
Derrick Rose should get his ass on the horn
I know he finds it distasteful to recruit players. I know he thinks it shows a lack of faith in the guys around him, but he needs to brush that crap aside and call Dwight. He needs to sell Howard on the team, the city, himself, and the championships. He needs to convince him that Adidas is going to make him retire with no rings if he doesn't get his ass to Chicago, but if he does that he'll have a fist full of them with the first coming this year.
Chicago isn't going to get another opportunity like this again. This isn't Carmelo Anthony up in trade talks, this is one of maybe four guys who could vie for the tile of 'second best player in the NBA'. Of those guys, he creates the best two man game for Rose as well. Another opportunity like this won't roll around soon [if ever], and Derrick needs to go all in on this one just like Bulls management does.
Cold water time
Regardless of whether the Bulls can sell Howard or not, this deal seems like straight up BS. I mean they're selling a guy on Carlos Boozer? Half of us would give away Boozer for free, and we're getting out of his deal rather than sending Noah?
I have a hard time believing that Orlando takes this deal as it seems too good to be true. If for some reason it isn't, then you take it regardless of Howards wants. Take it and dare him to look like the biggest jackass in the history of sports by leaving Chicago to go to the Nets.
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