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Dwight Howard open to playing with Derrick Rose, Bulls

Jan 30, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

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And the “Dwight Howard said he would play here” tour has moved on to Chicago.

This has all the meaning of a Kardashian wedding vow, but here is the quote from the Chicago Tribune when Howard was asked if he would be open to playing in Chicago with Derrick Rose.

“If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen,” Howard told the Tribune. “It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That’s my brother.”

Howard also tried to shoot down the report that Adidas didn’t want Rose and Howard — their two biggest stars — on the same team.

“It has nothing to do with Adidas,” Howard said. “In fact, Adidas would love that because me and Derrick have the same guy.”

As we have talked about before, Howard is stealing a page from the Carmelo Anthony/LeBron James “force a trade out of town playbook.” Part of that is saying you are open to playing anywhere for any team, just being vague and saying that your agent or God or someone else is in charge but not you.

Which is a load of crap. If Howard wanted to force his way to Chicago he could (or at least could try), but that city was not on the list presented to the Magic. (Those teams were the Lakers, Mavericks, Nets and later the Clippers were added.)

For the Bulls, it would really be a matter of how much they would have to give up — right now they are title contenders on pretty much equal footing with the Miami Heat in the East (they could have won that game Sunday on the road without Luol Deng). If you are that close, do you mess with the team chemistry? Rose and Howard would be an awesome pairing, but if you want evidence of what happens when you strip a roster to get a star, look to New York.

There will be more of these stories out there before the deadline. While the Bulls may make more sense on some level than other teams, until Howard puts them on his list and pushes for it everything is moot.

  1. blueintown - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Jackpot. Want to contend with Miami the next five to ten years? Make it happen.

    • sasquash20 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      contend with Miami? They get Howard they destroy Miami.

      • southbeachtalent - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM


  2. stebutt - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Message to Dwight – I don’t think God gives a hoot what city you play basketball in.

    • donbp87 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      I agree strongly with you

      • berto55 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        Me too….besides everyone knows god is busy making sure Tim Tebow wins the Super Bowl…..wait…..this just in…….god must hate Tim Tebow…..

  3. tampajoey - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Howard is a whiny bitch and would be a cancer to the Bulls.

  4. gpatrick15 - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    The most logical place for him to play would be Chicago.

    -The Lakers would be ideal, if they can manage to keep Gasol in the process. But their biggest need is point guard.
    -The Clippers have nothing to give up unless they deal Griffin or CP3.
    -The Nets aren’t built to compete if they only have D Williams and Howard as the only capable starters.
    -Mavs would be a nice fit, too, especially if they’re able to get Williams as well. WIlliams, Dirk, and Howard would be able to compete for titles just as well as most teams.

    So, to me, the best two places would be Chicago, so long as they don’t rape their roster to get him, and Dallas.

  5. isujames - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    With d howard and rose the bulls would be the favorite to win out of the east!!!!

  6. asublimeday - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Noah, boozer and a #1 for howard. Lineup: rose-rip-deng-Gibson-howard


    • b7p19 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Really? Noah, Boozer, and the 26ish pick in the draft? Not on this Earth. Start with Deng and Noah and go way up from there…

      • baned0n - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Yep. The Magic don’t want Boozer. Deng, Noah, and maybe Gibson, along with draft picks.

      • boondocksaint224 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        Deng has a torn ligament in his wrist and won’t pass a physical. Any trade for Howard at this point likely won’t include Deng. Noah, Taj and picks will likely be the foundation of any hypothetical deal.

        I don’t really think this is happening anyway, to be honest.

      • sasquash20 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Teams always get fleeced when trading there star who wants out. Every team in the league knows Howard is gone at the end of the season, and so does Orlando. They will move him before the dead line for what will be a lot less then people think you should trade him for.

  7. asublimeday - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Jackpot. Want to contend with Miami the next five to ten years? Make it happen
    They already contend with the Heat. If they can retain deng and Gibson behind Howard and rose that’d put them over the heat immediately.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Contending with the Heat in your eyes means losing the conference finals series in 5 games? You’re under the influence to not understand that that is the complete opposite of contending. Lol

    • blueintown - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      As is, they will lose to Miami for the next five to ten years. With Howard they can beat them.

  8. dsimp724 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Maybe if you worried about playing with orlando a little more you could make a ft or 8ft jumper. What a jerk!

  9. bigcali31 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I don’t think Dwight will end up in Chicago he will be a L.A. Laker

  10. ferhatiggy - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Bulls don’t need to Howard.Bulls is a good team and bulls sholudn’t take any risks.

    • passerby23 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      I think the price needs to be right for Chicago to pull the trigger. Noah, Boozer and draft picks is what I would be willing to give up. Deng is an important piece I would want to hang onto. Then sign another decent PF to back up Gibson (Leon Powe perhaps?). That’s a championship caliber team. That gives them inside and outside scoring, even better defense, and a lethal weapon against Miami’s slender frontline.

  11. tomtravis76 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM


    Please refresh the memories of basketball fans in regards to Lebron forcing a trade. Once again, another atempt to take a shot at Lebron based on bar talk buy a bunch of white guys who don’t watch the league rather listen to talking heads on ESPN for their sports opinions. Did you forget that Lebron left Cleveland via free agency and didn’t request a trade, thats all Dan Gilberts fault for not building a team Lebron wanted to play on.Dan Gilbert had the best player in the league playing for his franchise and he lost him, again all Dan Gilberts fault.

    If the Magic want to help their franchise long term, they had better trade Howard to the highest bidder. Howard owes nothing to Orlando, and when his contract is up he has every right to play anywhere he wants.

    • stuckonwords - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      C’mon, man. You make it sound like “white guys” can’t comprehend the business of, or the game of, basketball. I, and a whole lot of other “white guys”, buy tickets to ball games just like “black guys” do. This is as much our league as anyone’s, and we love it as much as anyone.

      Haven’t “black guys” been fighting for decades to not have to live through stereotypes? If one “white guy” says something dumb, does that make all “white guys” dumb? If one “black guy” says something dumb, do you believe that means all “black guys” are dumb?

      It seems to me you’re defeating your own purpose with dumb statements like that.

      • tomtravis76 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        Dude, Iam white. Yes, its broad strokes,but it has annoyed me ever since Lebron left Cleveland and people crushing the kid based on no information only what was seen on TV. I say white guys in a bar becase after watching last years finals in multiple bars, you had generally all white guys cheering for Mavs because “Lebron screwed over Cleveland”…misinformation. Basically the writer ,Kurt, is feeding into the Lebron hate train using misinformation, yet having the platform of NBC, the idiots who believe everything on the internet will keep thinking Lebron screwed over Cleveland.

    • realitypolice - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      The Cleveland Cavaliers won 66 games in Lebron’s last season and everyone, EVERYONE picked them before the playoffs started to win the title. They get upset by Boston and all of the sudden there is no way he was ever going to win there?

      Talk about revisionist history.

      The organization made alot of mistakes and they were still that close. The Celtics are falling apart before our eyes. Miami would have been good, but not great, with Wade and Bosh. With a new GM and coach, it is completely feasible that Cleveland could have won championships if Lebron had stayed.

      He got impatient and took what he thought was the easy way out. Simple as that.

  12. jasonbournepe - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    With any trade, I look at what the player does compared to the players he is going to replace:

    In this case; is Dwight Howard better than:

    Joakim Noah – YES
    Carlos Boozer – YES
    Luol Deng – YES
    Omer Asik – YES

    Question is what would Orlando want in return and is it worth the price if Howard goes nowhere and is a free agent at the end of the season. Also, how good do the Bulls think Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic are going to be? Actually the real question is how good do the Magic think they are going to be? Bulls also still own the draft pick of a very valueable 1st round choice of the Bobcats.

    Bottom line: I make this trade and do everything I can to surround D-Rose with as much talent as possible. Everyone else on the roster is a nice compliment to what Rose does, but Howard makes this team TRUE championship contenders. And until Lebron decides to retire or the Bulls can get legit 2 guard scoring, this is the only trade that I can see that would get the Bulls out of basketball hell aka too good to get lottery pick, too bad to win a title

  13. mjagosports511 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    as a Magic fan…i pretty much just want this to be over already….he says “he wants to win” but i wonder if he realizes how hard it is to play hard night in and night out for a guy that repeatedly says he wants out..and puts his teammates on blast by saying he wants to play with better people at that position…sickening truly…he is my favorite player but im honestly sick of this

  14. ravensfreak00 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    It is stuff like this that makes me believe the reason the Magic are losing right now is because of the distractions of having a superstar player who wants to be anywhere but Orlando and keeps on making trade requests every week.

  15. heat256 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Would this headline surprise anyone:

    “Howard considering being sent back in time to join ’96 Bulls or Lakers of the ’80s”?

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM


  16. dirtybird2020 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Deng, noah, and gibson with no draft picks that would be crazy cause its a guarentee we would be taking one of their bad contracts in the turk, if that the deal its cool with me, anything else let him go to lakers, we already compete with the heat all the loses have been by single digits, and as shown yesterday we could’ve win without deng, even with the garbage calls like traveling on rips jump stop( same move as lebron, roses elbow to the head, brewers grab of the face and neck by anthony which wouldve been a t guaranteed everywhere else, and a garbage whistle call, not to mention rose missed his 2 free throws, i say keep the roster and win the championship with less pressure than last year with the likes if a smarter rose and a better option in rip, miami didnt impress anyone yesterday with deng out of the lineup and were hampered by refs, win home court and you win the series putting money on it!

  17. dirtybird2020 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    @heat256 jordan wouldnt have that b#%*h move that lebron and wade pulled!!!! Guaranteed!! Chicago isnt bred that way, miami cant say the same thing, fans over here are the realest and make your band wagoners look like cuba before all their people floated to that craphole miami! You here the airballs in miami when lebron shoots not over here! Get on our level miami! Craphole of the century, holleywood as hell!

    • blueintown - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      ..and beating the Bulls ass.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      The Blues Bros. loved Chicago. That makes it good enough for me!

  18. muratkolasinac - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Greetings from Turkey.Why dont you admit that bulls has a good team chemistry and noah,boozer,asik are pretty much enough to be a contender for title?

  19. goforthanddie - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Does this idiot not have representation to tell him to shut up? Does his agent not see what leb’s situation has cost him? Or is everyone in “waiting for that new contract” mode?

  20. pistolpete0903 - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    The trade of Howard before deadline is imminent….the caveat for any suitor would be Turkoglu’s albatross of a contract (Orlando would definitely try to unload him).
    The only owner I see pulling this would be Cuban….now to think of what would he have to offer, it is anyone’s guess.

    This should be fun to watch it unfold (as long as you are not a Magic fan)

  21. gmsalpha - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    We all know the Magic will keep Howard through the season’s end and they’ll be SHOCKED when he leaves, a la Shaq. They’ll get nothing in return and still be stuck with Hedo’s contract. They’ll be lucky to beat the Kentucky Wildcats. And worse, they won’t have a bad enough record to “earn” a good draft pick. But hey, at least they got a new arena before they gave away the face of the franchise for nothing.

  22. fiveaces20000 - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    I know Noah isn’t the best center in the world, but he is a good starting piece because he would put a few butts in the seats havieng played down the road in Gainesville. I would trade either Deng or Gibson, but now both and that number one pick from the Bobcats plus maybe another player to make the money work. Those two quality players and the abiliity to have a lotto pick could be the right ticket to sell to the fan base.

  23. deshackle - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Dwight Howard should consider a tour of duty in the military, preferably the marines. A year over in Afghanistan would do him good.

  24. gtizzo - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Message to Dwight,

    Look it is nice telling everyone where you want to play. Keep in mind your playing for the most delusional front office in the NBA. They think they can keep you in Orlando, the world’s best speed bump on the way to Disney. Otis Smith is smoking the same grass as the Mayor…and most of the city council. Just bid your time in Orlando, don’t make a fuss, if you make the playoffs fine, if not then look forward to free agency.

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