Howard, Bulls represent great match

Mitch Schafer, IVLeader Columnist

There has been speculation that the Chicago Bulls would have interest in trading for Orlando Magic center, Dwight Howard.

If the Bulls make a move for Howard, not only would they have two of the top five players in the NBA, but, the Derrick Rose/Dwight Howard combination could spell “contender” year after year, seeing as Howard is 26 years old, and Rose is 23.

This trade may still be in the works, but many people are speculating how the trade could work, or what it would mean for the Bulls after they acquire the best center in the game.

Many people are calling for Chicago’s front office to not split the team and their chemistry, which is a valid point. However, this is the NBA.

Talent outweighs chemistry, to an extent, in almost every aspect of the game. The Bulls are as good as any team in the NBA, but they do not have that second player that can take over and dominate like Howard can. Joakim Noah is a very good rebounder and defender, and Luol Deng is one of the more polished small forwards in the league, but neither of those guys is as physically imposing, or help Rose take over a game quite like Howard would.

Another factor in the trade between the two teams would be Chicago’s depth. The Bulls’ “Bench Mob” is the best in the NBA, and this helps Chicago before and after the trade. Chicago can offer just about anybody on the team (besides Rose), and still have a legitimate player at each position.

The Bulls’ depth is incredible, and they still have more talent on the way with Euroleague superstar Nikola Mirotic.

Orlando would most likely receive young players in the deal, including Noah or Deng and young talent like Omer Asik, Taj Gibson, or Ronnie Brewer would also help Orlando rebuild after losing Howard. All five players have NBA experience, can start in Orlando right away, and they are all young enough to impact for years.

Orlando would also receive draft picks, including a conditional pick the Bulls received from Charlotte in an earlier deal. If Charlotte continues to struggle the way they have, that pick could be a high draft pick.

The Bulls could also receive another good role player, including Hedo Turkoglu in this deal, to play the starting small forward position.

The Bulls may be the best team in the NBA, but adding Dwight Howard to the team could make Chicago the most feared team in the NBA for years to come and pave the way for multiple championships and another dynasty.