Should The Chicago Bulls Pursue Dwight Howard?
Good news, Chicago Bulls fans: Dwight Howard is interested in becoming a Bull! According to a report that came out over the weekend, the current Orlando Magic center would be open to the idea of playing alongside Derrick Rose in Chicago if the Bulls traded for him.
“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.”
And, at least on paper, it’d seem like the Bulls would be open to having him as well. They’ve got a roster full of guys who could be intriguing enough to the Magic. They have a high-energy center in Joakim Noah who would be the perfect trade bait for Orlando (in addition to a number of other players, of course). They have the will to win right now. And they’ve got Rose, an All-NBA point guard who would instantly make Howard an even better player than he already is.
But, does that mean the Bulls should be pursuing Howard right now? No, it doesn’t. In fact, if I were running the Bulls right now, I’d cancel my subscription to the Chicago Tribune, block the Magic GM’s cell phone number from my phone, and go on vacation until the day after the trade deadline. Because this is one trade that I want absolutely no part of.
Why? Well, for starters, we’re already a third of the way through the 2011-12 season. That means that if the Bulls acquired Howard, they’d have to hope that Rose, Howard, and the new Bulls could mesh together and mesh together quickly in order to see good results immediately in this year’s NBA Playoffs. The Bulls would also suddenly have to deal with all the questions that would surround the team now that not one but two superstars would be on the roster. And the constant comparisons to the Miami Heat and the “Big 3″ of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would become an immediate distraction.
The best thing the Bulls can do here is to take Howard’s interest in the team with a grain of salt, finish out this season with their current roster, and then consider bringing Howard on board for the 2012-13 season. Fortunately, it sounds like that’s what they’re going to do. They’ve expressed no interest in pursuing Howard anytime soon. But, in all sports, trades happen suddenly and teams make quick pursuits at the trade deadline, depending on how their team is doing at that exact moment. So, let’s hope that the Bulls don’t get antsy and make a move for Howard this season. Because, believe it or not, that would actually be bad news for all of the Bulls fans out there. So, thanks, D-Howard. But, no, thanks. The Bulls are good where they’re at right now.