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Dwight Howard just wants to win. Which is why he’s refusing Chicago, still. Obviously. Because that makes sense.

Mar 11, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Magic finally have a team they’re willing to trade with, who wants Dwight Howard. One problem, he doesn’t. Howard has long said that all that matters to him is winning. That that’s what’s important. Which is made clearly by the fact he doesn’t want to go to… Chicago?

From CBSSports.com:

The Orlando Magic would like to seriously engage the Bulls in trade talks for Dwight Howard, but the All-Star center’s apparent reluctance to make a long-term commitment to Chicago has all but killed the discussions, league sources told CBSSports.com.

The feeling among rival executives remains that the Magic seem intent on rolling the dice and keeping Howard for the rest of the season, hoping a long playoff run, emotional ties to Orlando and an extra year and $29 million they could offer would persuade him to stay beyond this season. But the move would be highly risky, given that Howard has refused to publicly commit to the Magic — a stance that sources view as a strong sign that hed leave as a free agent if he isn’t traded.

“He’s telling everyone he’s leaving,” one league source said Sunday.

via Ken Berger – CBSSports.com Keep Dwight? Not if the Magic could trade him to Chicago.

So Howard never gets to play the “I just want to win” card ever again, right? It’s fine if his move is just financially motivated or he just really wants to live in New York. It’s fine if he thinks Mikhail Prokhorov can put him on more billboards or make him big in Uzbekistan or something. But if you want to win titles, multiple titles? You go to Chicago with Tom Thibodeau’s defense and the MVP Derrick Rose. It would be the best 1-2 combo in the league. It makes them better than the Heat. It may be the only thing that can make Chicago better than the Heat.

But, no.

Instead, it’s Deron Williams, who is a superb player, a top-five point guard in this league when motivated, and then… probably nothing after the trade. Avery Johnson, a good coach sometimes, a bad coach sometimes, an allright coach most of the time. Maybe Anthony Morrow, maybe MarShon Brooks, not both, probably Kris Humphries. Yeah, that sounds much better than the best team in the East.

For the Bulls, giving up Deng is the problem, really. Everything else is largely expendable. Take Carlos Boozer, please, the Bulls say. But losing Deng is losing an All-Star wing player, and that can’t happen without assurance from Howard he’ll stay. So instead the situation remains the same, and we’re left to wonder why a player talks so much about winning and then says no to his best short-term and l0ng-term chance to win.

  1. davidly - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    Maybe he’s considering Chicago as one of his options as a free agent, thereby keeping the roster in tact.

  2. lakerluver - Mar 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    I’m sick of Howard. He should be absolutely grateful to get the chance to play with a tremendously gifted player like Rose AND in a great city as well. Rose and Howard would rule the NBA for the foreseeable future. Howard’s gonna have to realize that he can’t carry a team to a title. He’s too limited offensively. But he’d be the best 2nd option on a championship team in the world. As a LAKERS fan I hope we don’t gut our team to sign him. He’s too much of a prima donna in my opinion.

  3. philtration - Mar 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    In the end the only thing Howard really cares about is hanging out with Jay-Z and Beyonce.
    If that is what matters to him then to hell with him.

    The Bulls will win their 7th NBA championship before the Nets ever win their 1st.

  4. ldogg62677 - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    I would make the trade for Dwight on the condition that he signs the extension. Even if he doesn’t and he bolts for Jersey, etc I’d still do it as he would be off the books along with Booz etc and you have the space to sign players. I’m sure there will be some good bigs out there. I would like Dwight as a Bull. He can be the co-guy in Chicago next to Rose. He could make the Bulls a better defensive team. But then again I’d like to see the Bulls stay put and trade for a shooter and maybe sign another big. I wish they kept Kurt Thomas as a reserve big. Maybe they can trade for him. Maybe Brad Miller would welcome a 3rd trip to be a Bull.

  5. rooney24 - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Why doesn’t he just come out and say he won’t resign with anyone, and then just leave in free agency? It will cost him a little money to not be able to resign with a team. But, he has already made a bunch of money and will make a ton of money either way with a new deal. And, by doing that, he will leave more talent on whatever team he signs with. Any team trading for him will have to give up useful players and/or picks. If he just signs in FA, the team keeps those players and/or picks AND adds Howard to whatever they have. He would make a little less money (but still a LOT) and keep as much talent on the team as possible.

    • davidly - Mar 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Pretty much what I said (except for the “coming out and saying it” part). It seems to me that would be the smartest move, that is, if winning means more than anything else.

  6. 700levelvet - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    The NBA is becoming a league of Kim Kardashians……Pay attention to me divas, instead of making a legacy, ala Magic, Bird, MJ, Dr.J, Hakeem etc….. they would rather sit and whine like schoolgirls, put me on a good team, waaaa waaa, so i can win a ring………..Artis Gilmore would have eaten Howard alive……..

  7. iowahbr - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Great skill set, wrong attitude about winning b-ball at the highest NBA level. Not a good fit for the current Bulls. Either he decides it’s about winning or it’s about being the center of attention but almost impossible to have both.

  8. chitownmatt - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Dwight Howard is a prima donna and would be a terrible fit in Chicago’s “all business” team attitude.

  9. asublimeday - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    ibleedaquaorange: Inefficient… get your eyes checked
    ————-

    Ah, sorry. You used the word incorrectly so I thought I’d mock you with a word that made you seem slightly less stupid. But, have it your way.

    D Rose “does not maximize his productivity”, nor does he “make the best use of his time and resources”.

    Facepalm.

  10. chitownmatt - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    And another thing,

    I think the NBA should make the trade deadline October 15th instead of March 15th.

    Constant trade talk ruins the season!!! Save it for summer time.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Really? Being from “chitown,” didn’t you just get to experience how an early trade deadline can kill your team’s chances if a star, say Jay Cutler, goes down after the deadline?

      • chitownmatt - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Yeah…. Injuries happen and they should kill a team’s chances.

        The NBA is becoming a contest of GMs not basketball teams.

        Ask yourself this question, who was the bigger winner last season Mark Cuban or Pat Riley??? I bet more than half the people here would say Riley, and as ridiculous and sad as it is, that they would rather have Wade, Bosh, and James under contract than a freakin’ NBA title.

  11. teedraper - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Great article! Dwight Howard is a str8 up JOKE!

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