I know it is something Bulls’ fans don’t want to admit, but Dwight Howard isn’t coming to Chicago. However that doesn’t mean the Bulls shouldn’t help him get where he is going.
The Nets were basically begging the Clippers to take Marshon Brooks in exchange for a first-round pick in an epic four-team trade. Why can’t the Bulls give up a first round pick for Brooks?
Marc Stein of ESPN has reported that the Lakers and Rockets have jumped into the circus for Howard, now that the Brooklyn deal has fallen apart. He also gave a nice breakdown of the situation.
In short: Lakes need 3rd team to do Dwight deal. Nets do NOT but direct ORL deal TRICKY. Rockets can do it direct or facilitate & get Bynum
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 10, 2012
I say let’s help the Lakers get Howard and get something in return. If you think about it, it is in the team’s best interest.
If Howard ends up in Brooklyn, he remains in the Eastern conference and gives the Bulls another super team to contend with in their own conference. If he goes out West, it makes New Jersey’s addition of Joe Johnson less impressive.
So I purpose a three-way trade between the Lakers, Bulls and Magic that works under the salary cap.
- Dwight Howard
- Andrew Bynum
- Joakim Noah
- Taj Gibson
- Draft picks
Los Angles would get their next great big man, while also getting a young star they can start to rebuild around. Orlando gets young talent and draft picks, while the Bulls get a young star capable of putting up 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds nightly.
Looks great on paper right? Sadly it is much more complicated than it looks.
Now the $100 million question, would Howard or Bynum really pass on the richer deal and leave as free agents?
Basically I am saying that the Lakers and Bulls should call their bluffs.
Will Howard really say no to the Lakers if he wins a title alongside Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash?
Could Bynum say no to playing alongside Derrick Rose in a major market?
And most importantly could either say no to the tens of millions of dollars they would be passing up?
I say no on all accounts.
Nine times out of 10 money wins. Sure there is the rare time someone passes on the money, like Ray Allen just did, but like I said usually players follow the money. While the two big mean have their lists and demands it is hard to argue when you are getting paid and winning.
According to the NBA trade machine on ESPN the trade would increase the Lakers win total by four and the Bulls would gain two more victories.
Overall I would say it is a win-win for all parties involved.
Now only if Bulls general manager Gar Foreman would wake up, get aggressive and get involved. It might be a long shot but it is worth a shot.
What do you thinks Bulls’ fans? Would you be ok with facilitating a Howard trade? Sound off below.