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Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  144 responses

Report: Dwight Howard Blocking Potential Magic/Bulls Trade


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Nearly everyone agrees that should Dwight Howard elect not to make a long-term commitment to the Orlando Magic — a growing possibility — the Chicago Bulls would be one of the better fits for the big fella going forward.

The problem is that Dwight hasn’t been very open to the idea of teaming up with Derrick Rose in the Windy City. Last week, he even told reporters that he couldn’t picture himself living in Chicago because the town is too cold for his liking.

According to CBS Sports, the Orlando Magic would like to work on a deal that would send Howard to Chicago, but the problem is that Dwight doesn’t seem all that interested:

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

Magic executives are said to be unimpressed with the assets Howard’s three preferred teams could provide in a trade, prompting them to engage in a calculated campaign to expand the field of potential suitors beyond the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers. But the team that can make the strongest case for Orlando to depart from its risky strategy of holding onto Howard are the Bulls, who could offer 7-footer Omer Asik, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu, sources said. The Bulls also could offer a valuable first-round pick from Charlotte — top-14 protected in this year’s draft but but unprotected by 2016. Such a scenario has gained no traction since Chicago is “not on his list,” a person familiar with the situation said of Howard. Without assurances from Howard or his camp that he’d be willing to sign long-term with the Bulls, Chicago executives have exhibited no appetite for trade talks with the Magic. The two teams have spoken, but there’s “no type of serious discussions” going on, a person familiar with the situation said.

Is the proposed package from Chicago really the best offer that Orlando could get for the League’s best center?

With less than a week remaining until the NBA’s Trade Deadline, Dwight Howard appears to be holding all of the cards in this situation. The Magic would be taking a massive risk by keeping him until he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the teams Dwight is interested in don’t have the assets Orlando desires.

It must not be any fun to be working in the Orlando Magic front-office these days.

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  • Detroit Dave

    If this story is true, I’ve come to the conclusion that Dwight Howard simply does not care about winning a championship.

  • Charles

    This guy is a joke.

  • http://www.thesmashbrtohas.com zen garden

    dwight should change his name tooooo snitch richmond

  • Otis

    What an effing toolbox.

  • underdog

    Well, he wants to play in the Lakers, I guess. Although Chicago would be a monster team with him, even with the loss of Deng.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    It’s too cold? Really? And Brooklyn is… what, tropical? One word: Adidas. No sympathy for him anymore, they set him up for a great team and a great coach and he doesn’t want it. It is his choice and he has the freedom to go where he wants, but I don’t want to hear anymore Dwight stories ever again. Which is impossible because there are like 3 a day.

  • timbo slice

    this guy doesnt wanna win,

    i hope that doesnt go through though, turkoglu ruins every team hes on

  • jr724

    Lost all respect for this guy. He clearly doesn’t care about Orlando’s best interest. I know he has to look out for himself, but holding the team hostage to make a move is sad. Seems like all he cares about is fame and endorsement deals. If he walks for nothing in the summer, Orlando fans will have every right to boo him on every possession.

  • Drig

    That’s highway robbery ……..for the Bulls…..That’s like 60 cents for a Dollar!

  • AD

    if you guys dnt see that he wants to play for bk… then you obviously blind

  • Drig

    I mean as a C who would you prefer to play with : Deron ( who’s a better fit for him than Rose ) and a chance to be 1-a and 1-b in the media or LA/CHI where he’s gonna be potrayed as the second option to Rose??

  • GoHeat

    The reason he does not want to go to Chicago is because he doesn’t want to play with DRose. You all saw how stern, no emotion, have no fun DRose was at the ALLSTAR game while Dwight is a complete goofball who lets to let loose with his teammates. HAve you ever saw that with the Magic? It would be awkward in Chicago.

    He wants to go somewhere where he can have fun and be himself, and have a chance to win. Much like LeBron really. GO HEAT

    The stars on Dallas, LA, and NJ are more laid back than DRose. Yes Kobe, Yes DWill, Yes Dirk, etc.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Why does it always have to be a Batman/Robin situation, where one is the top dog, what about the Avengers? That would be Rose and Dwight.

  • T-Money

    how dare he decide where he is going to ply his trade based on what will make him happier? man… fans need to stop with this ish. we’re talking about people’s lives, their comfort level. the man doesn’t want to play for/in chicago – that’s his decision. why does he need to justify anything? ya’ll didn’t seem to like it very much when lebron made a decision that was about winning (and not money (cle) or fame (ny)), eh?

  • quest

    they take ball too seriously in chicago theres not enough dancing for him, turkgolu would play really well with derrick rose imo if you think about how athletic rose is and turks skill set.

  • T-Money

    jr724 – if he walks out for nothing, that’s orlando’s fault. he gave them the courtesy of telling them well in advance that he didn’t want to re-up. now he has to agree to sign an extension for the team that can offer orlando the most? are you serious with this? orlando is playing dumb on purpose so that dwight has to come out again publicly and say that he doesn’t want to be in orlando. that way, the whole fan base can rally around hating dwight and forget the mess of a roster that otis smith came up with. dwight’s stance has not changed since december: he is not going to re-sign with orlando, if orlando wants to get something back they can trade him before the deadline and if not, he will sign with brooklyn this summer. that’s more than fair.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Would it be more appropriate to wait until Howard signs a contract with Orlando or with another team before blogging about this ad nauseaum. This is rivaling the media speculation of where Melo was going to land. What can the public do to make this stop?

  • quest

    second thought he would clog up the lane for rose too much

  • eyal

    yup, if he doesn’t want to team up with Rose, sounds like Adidas has their hand in it…

  • AD

    lol @quest… you must not have seen boozer making rap videos…. ppl deron n dwight is a better combo than drose &dwight. Not by much but deron is a better playmaker. I can see dwight landing in BK this year, and then wilson chandler going to BK next year.. The only thing is that orlando does not like Lopez which would mean Orlando will be taking marshon for sure which is the nets future scorer. It will be interesting to see where dwight will end up but i dnt think its chicago or LAL

  • Well it’s coming down to The Mavs and Nets. Williams will go back to his hometown of Dallas and Howard will join him there. Dirk, Deron, and Dwight. 3D vs the Heat 3? I’ll take the 3D Mavs on that one.

  • T-Money

    quest – yes, just like shaq clogged the lane for penny, kobe, d-wade, nash, lebron, and rondo. these guys were not able to get to the rim at all when they played with shaq.

  • jr724

    @T-Money: I totally understand that he’s given Orlando a heads up, and Otis has really screwed the pooch in terms of bringing in players to keep Dwight happy. It just seems that more recently, Dwight has put the Magic in a tough position by limiting them in what deals they can make. I understand he can choose where he wants to go, but I feel like he’s not really showing much of a concern for what Orlando will get in return. I think I should’ve said that if Otis presents Dwight multiple trade options that are very reasonable, Dwight rejects, AND he walks for nothing in the summer… Then fans have a right to be angry. I probably overreacted on that point. he has every right to leave, just try not to cripple the franchise’s future too. But right now fans should be upset with Smith on his inability to attract talent or find a good deal.

  • bullsallday

    GoHeat, you’re an idiot since when is the NBA about having fun? It’s a professional career, its about doing you’re job, which is winning a championship for your team and fans. Obviously with the behavior Dwight displays he wants no part of that. However, if he “wants to have fun” and “be .a goofball” than I know a couple of comedy clubs that are hiring.

  • Jer Dawg

    He’s acting like Terrell Owens now. I have no respect for this guy as a person anymore. He flip flops, hangs out with porn stars, does stupid impersonations, and has no Christian values anymore. Pro sports makes people do bad things, but he’s great player and we say okay to all his bitching and moaning. Stay away from Los Angeles, please. Except Clippers. I hope he f*** up their team chemistry. And Sterling and his racist ways can go back to being perennial losers.

  • Canesta

    Each day that goes by I lose more and more respect for him..

  • Ken

    And so Deng, Boozer, and Asik are better than Bynum, MWP, and draft picks? Idk, I think I’d take the only one with superstar potential

  • hushabomb

    No way would Hedo play well with Rose. He didn’t play well with Nash in Phoenix. He is a point forward. He doesn’t play off the ball well.

    And I’ve always hated that the players tell owners where they wanna play. Whilst you must be a professional, you are also an employee. If you get traded, that’s it.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    Dwight knows he and d.rose won’t play well together. Deron is a superior playmaker, and a superior overall player IMO. rose is still awesome tho lol… and cosign T-money @ 10:04 why shouldn’t he make a decision based on how happy he’ll be? and the more I think about it, the more I realize how well Deron, Dwight and Dirk would play together.

  • T-Money

    jr724 – so you’re asking dwight to agree to sign an extension with a team just to accomodate orlando? wtf? if a team wants to get dwight, they can. he doesn’t owe them an extension. that’s precisely what new jersey did. they traded for deron, deron never asked to go there. and if it works out, he’ll sign again this summer. diwght doesn’t have a veto or anything, he’s just saying that he will only sign an extension with jersey.

  • ab40

    Dwight, Gibson, Turk, Hamilton and Rose… Where’s the D. He wants to play with a more complete two guard that’s all he’s asking for. If orlando can get Monta he might even stay put. Look there are no shooters in chicago who can play serious minutes Scalabrine? Korver? They get killed. He wants a perfect fit.. the problem is there is none.

  • bull22

    we cannot lose deng, he is more committed to the city of chicago and the bulls
    then howard who is so prissy that he does not want to be the cold weathered city. if howard does not care about the fans in orlando then he will care less
    about the bulls fans.

  • jr724

    @T-Money: Nope never said “just to accomodate Orlando”. He just shouldn’t narrow the list of teams he will sign an extension with to so few teams. That is what will hurt Orlando. Obviously nobody wants him without the extension, so he’s giving them very few options. He doesn’t have to bend over backwards for the Magic, but there should be some consideration.

  • AD

    dwight can win a championship in 2 years with the nets… Dwill , dwight and wilson chandler is better than the heat trio.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    T-Money: Just like Dwight has the right to go where he wants and do what is right for him, the fans have a right to be angry. It’s a two way street, dude.
    I don’t care, really, I have no affinity for the magic and I’d prefer to see him in Brooklyn. But them the ropes.

  • T-Money

    jr724: i can’t believe that you truly believe this. did utah give any consideration to where deron wanted to play before trading him to jersey? i’m pretty sure he would have preferred his hometown of dallas or the lakers. to me, dwight’s only moral obligation was to inform orlando of his thinking once his mind was made up. he did that. orlando could trade him right now for monta ellis and david lee – gstate doesn’t need dwight to sign the extension right now. bottom line is this: it’s up to orlando to figure out what they want to do with dwight now that they know he isn’t coming back. and if they want to gamble, then they can gamble. kobe and duncan ended up staying.

  • robb

    I’m almost a Dwight hater

  • bull22

    boozer,deng,noah,asik and korver have earned the right to take another shot at the miami heat with this team. scottie pippen,horace grant and john paxson did not become heroes overnight(major contributors) dwight really is wrecking his credibility as a classy player.

  • MookieBlaylock

    The only thing that sort of bothers me about him wanting out is that the magic are 3rd in the east… Idk, I realize they arent really legit contenders, but not every team in the east can contend every year. is ORL really that far off? They were in the finals a few years ago ffs. It’s not like hes wasting away playing for the raptors or wizards. Hes still young. What if this “blockbuster trade” is a bust? Melo shoulda stayed in Denver imo, but hindsight is 20/20…

  • Otis

    @T-Money: you’re dead right, of course, but as sports fans I guess we have an expectation – perhaps an overly idealistic one, but still – that a player’s ultimate goal is a championship. Not to spend a pleasant 10 years goofing around in a sunny city with your friends while raking in the endorsement dollars.

    Of course, none of us are Dwight Howard, so we can’t really say how we’d react if we were put in the same situation, but Chicago would be a fantastic fit for him, and the fact that he’s refusing the trade – apparently because of a shoe company – is pretty disappointing. It kinda goes against everything fans expect from sport, which in turn undermines the whole idea of *watching* sport.

    As for LeBron, he’s a different story, if only because he’s the most insanely talented player on the planet, and going to Miami to play with Wade looked like the easy way out. (And, of course, there was The Decision, which didn’t exactly endear him to anyone.)

  • jr724

    @T-Money: That’s assuming teams are willing to trade for him without agreeing to an extension. If gstate would do that, great, make the trade. I’m just saying if teams wont trade for him without an extension, the list of possible trades is cut down quickly to a couple. And of course limiting what Orlando can do. If that’s truly what the situation is like, then I personally think Dwight should be more flexible. Of course he doesn’t have to be, he can do what he wants.

  • patrick

    If chicago is doing this without guarantee of an extension, it seems like the greatest option. Orlando gets its something in return and Dwight gets to go to a contender then choose his team in the offseason. Seems like a win all around.

  • hyperactive

    It`s not the Chicago weather, it`s something else because NJ is also cold. @GoHeat you may be on to something because it show aint the weather that`s holding him back. I don`t know what this writer/reporter is talking about. That reasoning doesn`t make any sense even for howard. on the other hand, why h*** would orlando accept just deng, boozer, and asik – a couple injury prone players and a back up center for howard? I would take everybody except rose especially noah. I really don`t like what chicago even has to offer outside of noah though. Chicago is offering some good, solid players but no one you can build around. NJ really wants howard, and they will give some future 1st rounders – they just playing hardball rite now.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Ta f*ck man really?!

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    Lebron chose Miami because he wanted to win??? That’s why he chose a team with two giant holes at the two most important positions over a Bulls team taylor made for him with solid players at every position? Don’t confuse wanting to be in South Beach and playing with your friends over wanting the best chance to win.

  • kj

    Who needs Howard?? Chicago sure dont need him!!! They will win a championship before howard will…Howard been a big cry baby and Bulls dont need no cry baby cuz he wont last long in the cold…chicago needs a shooting guard that is young and not afraid to drive to the lane…keep the front line of chicago just get a better shooting guard..like beasely or ellis from golden state

  • Mike G

    let’s just keep it all the way real. I’m a Magic fan since day 1. Will always root for them no matter what. This dude Dwight is a head case. He wants to go to Brooklyn. Last time I checked, its cold there too. He wants out cause he’s not willing to play for Vangundy anymore. Last time I checked, Avery Johnson has been known to get on players too. Bottom line, he’s gonna walk and we need the best offer possible. Dwight may not be serious about a chip, but is our GM Otis Smith? JRich for Gortat? Gilbert on one leg? Not championship moves. This thing is a mess. I say send him and Turk to NY for Melo & Chandler.

  • Drig

    @Mookie……with stricter cap enforcement from ’14 and no tradeable assets for the Magic to either get young players or stash picks, they’d be in no man’s land for alteast the next 4 years. And that’s being kind.

  • http://aol max johnson

    This conversation about what Dwight wants etc. is so wrong.First of all as a Bulls Fan I personally think they have a team that can beat the heat!PROVIDING THEY ARE HEALTHY. But I think Hamilton needs to go.Dead weight.He is not dependable.Why did the Bulls take this guy anyway?He came to the Bulls injured.WTH!Let the Bulls play it out the rest of the season.Hopefully they will be healthy.IF they are they win it all!

  • MookieBlaylock

    you dont think they could build around daniel orton? Haha, K I’m done. Good point Drig.

  • Drig

    OMG! In an ideal world, I hope Dwight ends up in Philly….http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=6vl4f6v……..keeping the biggest homer in me aside, this would make sense for all 3 teams : Utah needs a better perimeter and Iggy and Nelson would help out DRAMATICALLY out there in Salt Lake. They lose Millsap but they probably won’t miss him too much with Kanter, Favors and Al J there. Philly get the inside presence and if they can turn Elton Brand’s expiring next year into some sort of assets, they’d be happier as well with Evan finally coming out. They’ll miss the spark off the bench and all but well worth having Dwight pair up with Jrue and Evan IMO. Orlando dumps a lot of cash, can cut Noicioni next year, get a front court stud in Millsap and Hawes to replace Gortat. Add in a few picks and they’d be good to go. I’m thinking first rounder from Philly and a 2013 first from Utah. Add in Philly’s 2nd rounder as well from 2013 if necessary. IMO, better than long contracts of Boozer and Deng. And I’d rather have Millsap than either of them TBH if I’m Orlando.

  • AD

    yall critizie LBJ for going to the heat and critize dwight for wanting to be the man. Yall just some sad fans lmao

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Redonc.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Dwight just say it…
    You wont go because drose wouldnt allow you to dance.

  • salty

    Trade his a** to Milwaukee and buy him a coat. F** D Howard.

  • salty

    AD: Wanting to be a man?! Doesn’t a man handle his responsibilities and not play telephone like a 16 year old girl?

  • salty

    You can’t ever believe players that say they want to go to a team just to win. If they want to win so bad, then why don’t they cut their salary in half so there can be more talent drawn in? Or cut it even more. It’s because they gotta have to buy expensive cars, clothes, huge houses, etc, etc. Isn’t Dwight a Christian? “It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get in to heaven.”-translation: if you’re rich you have more responsibility than others merely as a result of your resources (and that doesn’t mean giving money to charity, that’s not enough). These dudes could be set for life after one season if they’d stop spending their money like drunken sailors.

  • DuckDown

    Well this tells me that Howard is not serious about Winning a Championship if he doesn’t want to go to Chicago! Noah and Howard together gives you the best Rebounding and Defensive front court in the NBA HANDS DOWN! They would kill Miami in the paint with that Front Court! If I was the Bulls…I WOULD DO THE DEAL ANYWAY!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The real question is, why do y’all believe this?

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @salty
    “You can’t ever believe players that say they want to go to a team just to win. If they want to win so bad, then why don’t they cut their salary in half so there can be more talent drawn in?”

    That sounds a lot like what wade bosh and james did.
    But still they are the most hated team in the league.

    Howard just wants to dance.

  • salty

    They aren’t hated by me for it. I don’t like Lebron because of other reasons, but yeah they did exactly what I’m saying and they are the best team in the league. How many millions does one player need?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/03/report-dwight-howard-blocking-potential-magicbulls-trade/ bike

    Bet a paycheck that tomorrow’s headline will be something along the line of how Dwight would love to go to Chicago. I just hope it’s all over in a week or two. Dwight is the biggest brat in the league right now.

  • Shem

    He would have a better chance in Chicago than New Jersey, and it seems like New Jersey is his preferred destination. The fact that he said he doesn’t like a city because it’s “too cold” shows that he’s indecisive; he should just not exercise his player option and wait a year on it.

  • salty

    This is what I mean. You get paid millions of dollars to play a game. A game that you allegedly enjoy. So play somewhere cold. Play somewhere with a s*** team. Play somewhere where all their radio stations are country. And don’t b*** about it.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @salty
    But if you can choose why play somewhere cold?
    Look i dont like Howard one bit. But he has his choice.
    I personally dont hope he goes to the Bulls. Because the eastern conference is already a two team race.

  • salty

    I’m saying though, he’s acting like Goldilocks…i.e a b**** who needs to just make up her mind

  • Drig

    Rik, 3 if Dwight goes to Philly. ( Hell, I can hope it gains steam right?! )

  • Yep

    i love the NHL

  • salty

    Why would you help him out anyways? When the Jazz were having problems with D Will, they didn’t ask him what team he’d prefer, they sent him to one of the worst teams in the league. That’s how you play it.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    “He’s telling everyone he’s leaving,” one league source said Sunday.
    .
    But the team that can make the strongest case for Orlando to depart from its risky strategy of holding onto Howard are the Bulls, who could offer 7-footer Omer Asik, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu, sources said.
    .
    Such a scenario has gained no traction since Chicago is “not on his list,” a person familiar with the situation said
    .
    “no type of serious discussions” going on, a person familiar with the situation said.
    .
    Everyone who believes this, and makes a judgement from it is gullible. Simple as that.

  • AD

    @salt dwight has that team in the playoff race so he’s doing something right…. You seem like the guy who buys into all these articles believe . Dwight has NEVER came out pubilcy and said he wants to be traded.. You sound salty!

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    Diesel the bulls were not tailor made for lebron. and for the record that south beach decision isn’t looking too bad honestly.

  • T-Money

    ChrisMannixSI Chris Mannix
    Two teams sources say tell SI Howard will have interest in: Clippers and Miami. There are cap issues, but the interest is real.
    il y a 1 heure » / ChrisMannixSI Chris Mannix
    If Howard goes to free agency, throw out the three-team (Dallas, NJ, LAL) list. It’s open season for bidding. LeBron, part II.
    il y a 2 heures » / ChrisMannixSI Chris Mannix
    I’m told Howard prefers going to free agency. Doesn’t want a team he is traded to gutted just to get him. / ISH JUST GOT REALLY REAL.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @salty
    In the dwill trade deron probably asked to be trade to the nets. cause it looked like carmelo and howard were going to end up there. Could be wrong but that was what it looked like. Hey iam also thinking howard is a whiny girl.

    @drig
    Iam a heat fan so iam biased on anything making the bulls better, but philly doesnt sound that bad would be one of the best defensive teams if they dont have to give up iggy.

  • T-Money

    but regardless of the rumors, the real question chicago fans should ask is why does bull management whiff on all targets? Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Amare, Joe Johnson, D12, T-Mac, Grant Hill…

  • salty

    AD: You’re right I’m probably making too much of it especially since, as NBK said, it’s all coming from these mysterious anonymous sources. It’s just that every other day when I come to this site there’s another article about Howard and where HE wants to go. It drives me crazy but I guess I’m just buying into the b.s. @Rik: I mean that would be risky to roll the dice and hope that the Nets would eventually put together a good team. I think the Jazz just wanted to get something out of him before he inevitably left and them. But I’m glad we can agree that Howard was made out of someone else’s rib (keeping with the religion theme).

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @tmoney
    i think d-rose got a big hand it all that. The guy is already really busy shaping his legacy. He looks like more of a player who thinks he can do it on his own.

    Not that serious It would probably expose his lack of dancing skills.

  • salty

    Really the reason this sort of story makes me mad is that I’m a life long Jazz fan, and this attitude among players is why we don’t draw in great talent (Malone and Stockton were the exception and came from a different era). Everyone complains that there’s not a good enough night life, the city is too white, the market is too small, etc.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The reason these stories keep coming is because they attract readers. This has 75+ comments in under 5 hours. This is a business after all.

  • alex80

    Aren’t owners overpaying Zillions for this AssFace, and He has the nerve to compalin about thefu$%&ng weather?????

  • alex80

    “complain” smarties

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @salty
    to make matters worse. Even in NBA 2k12 my player i asked for a trade from the jazz because of the colors of there jerseys. lol. man being a jazz fan must be hard. probably the only player who wants to play in utah would be jimmer brickdette

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Meh.
    Whatever he does, we all will get over it.
    UNLESS… he signs with The King.

  • bull22

    DWIGHT HOWARD soon to join the nba all pro quitters club..
    LEQUIT
    D-QUIT
    MELOQUIT
    CBOSHQUIT

    classy new names for a squad of clowns, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @bull22
    if he would join the bulls would it make drose a quitter too?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^Blasphemy Mullet!

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Dwight wants to be the main man, face of the franchise. Doesnt want to go to Chicago because DRose, but wants to go to Miami? CMON DWIGHT. Guess what, YOU ALREADY ARE FACE OF THE FRANCHISE. unlike Shaq who totally dominated the game and actually made clutch FTs, you wont be closing with your new team if you get Deron. Especially if you go to NJ/BK. Deron is going to be the one taking the clutch shots. You’ll be going to HIS team. You’d be seen as second fiddle….

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    If Howard signs with The Kingsmen, that would form a team for the ages, a Historic team. A dynasty. An empire.
    One of the greatest teams of all time.
    Riley HAS to make that happen.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Oh ya forgot to add, hold on i’m going to stretch before I write this… Hahahahahahhhahha. hahaahahhahahahahhahahah. hahahahhahahahhahaha. hahahhahahahahahah. hahahahahahhahahahahhaahhhhahhahahaahhyudsafueyuqahbahhahahahhahahaha haahhahah ahsdhsahhhahhahahhah hahaahhah hahaahha hahah ah hahahaha. Man did ya’ll notice the laugh I just had. Hahahahahahhhhah. Haahhhhhhahhaha. F*cking douche22

  • bull22

    @ricksmitsmullet, rose has gone on record saying he is tired of this dwight
    talk, not saying it can’t happen but he has yet to complain to public about teaming up.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He said he’s tired of being asked about it.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Hahahhhahahahhhahahha… ahhahhaahhhahaha… ahahahahhahahahahha… hahahahahaaaaaaa… Can’t stop laughing through a comment section. See the joy in my life???!! I’m not a self loathing piece of scum at all! Watch me laugh about stuff!!! hahahahahahhahahahahhahahhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhbulls22isafukingnitwitpieceoftrashhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhahahhhhahhahahahhahhudshahuhhshfushedgfsdhgbfdahahahaaahhaahaahaaaa

  • http://harrismark41@yahoo.com mark harris

    Dwight is oversize bum or country bunking we even want him in chitown,city boys y’all keep him

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Would be funny if the trade was “out of his hands” and he ended up in like Milwaukee, or Cleveland or something.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @bull22
    not like rose wasnt involved in the boozer or hamilton signing. But if it happens i start calling drose derquit (cant dance) rose. For like 5 years straight.
    And i go all out carlquit boozer. Joaquit noah. Luol quideng. Quit hamilton. The chicaquit bulls. Even throw in a brian quittabrini. Lol
    but on a serious tip even drose knows he needs some help scoring. Dont think howard is even the best option. But he is the only real center in the nba.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    You add Dwight to Thibs defense you compete for a title every damn year. Rose + Howard + Thibs = Wet Underwear in Miami. But I doubt Orlando would make another Eastern team that much better. Plus Chicago’s package isn’t good! Golden State is already offering a better deal.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Didn’t Dwight once say he’d “never” join the Heat. That’s just false information. And Dwight to Chicago would be dope IF Chicago were able to keep Deng, but I doubt that’s an option.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @nbk
    you are probably right but as a heat fan i would still think the heat have a chance against a stripped down bulls with a big three of rose howard and scalbrine. But as a fan of team you always have to have a dumb reason for your team to win.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If you didn’t notice, that Bulls trade leaves Chicago with Noah. Rose, Hamilton, Hedo, Noah, Howard. Not saying Miami would lose, BUT, they would be in deep trouble. Especially with Joel Anthony manning the middle.

  • Drig

    I’d be down with Dwight kicking it out to Curry for the trey……….but I don’t see much developing with the team beyond that. They don’t have enough solid pieces yet.

  • Drig

    Would Noah be playing at PF position??? Then who the hell is the front-court backup for the Bulls?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Taj Gibson.

  • T-Money

    BossTerry – He would be there for 20 games.

  • Drig

    Oh yeah. Rest of the L, you screwed. Love, Drig and Lake Show. If Dwight ends up with the Bulls, that’d make them a matchup nightmare for anyone but LAL and Utah on the inside……….

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    @T-Money – the Bulls missed on Lebron, Wade, and Bosh because those ladies planned on playing with each other in Miami all along. And they didn’t get Amare or JJ because they weren’t willing to match their insanely overpriced contracts. I don’t think any of those situations is the Bulls’ fault. As for Hill and Mcgrady, that was 10 years ago and an old regime.

  • BullsFan

    D12 doesn’t wanna come to Chicago because of the cold weather!!!? that tells u jus where his priorities are.. y go to the Nets ( who were his 1st choice) that are arguably the worst team in the NBA than play for team who w/o you are championship contenders… 6 years frm now wen he’s playing for the Nets and fighting for 8th in the east he’s going to wish he went to Chicago

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM Gab

    Dam im a Heat fan but i cant front Dwight to the Bulls is pretty scary.

  • Tyquan

    The trade would be cool if Dwight Howard get off his high horse and just committ to playing in Chicago for the next 4 to 5 years realize that playing with arguably the best point guard in the NBA is not such a bad idea in fact they actually like maybe potentially win a title or at least compete for one. The fact that its too cold is a crock I mean nobody is telling him to sell his house or dwelling situation in sunny Florida I mean the trade makes so much sense for both teams personally I think that its the best offer Orlando can get without missing a beat. Chicago should keep Boozer and trade Noah instead tho but that’s just me.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    At the end of their careers, Rose will be remembered as a fierce competitor who lead his team to championships. Dwight will be remembered as a cheerful guy who won a dunk contest and did some mediocre celebrity impressions.

  • bull22

    @ricksmitsmullet, funny. yeah rose needs the help scoring wise for sure.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    @bull22
    certainly looked that way last playoffs against the heat.

  • Kilo

    I don’t wanna win a title their cause its kinda chilly.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Too cold? GTFOH f*cking addidas.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    All of these reports have contradicted themselves. He doesn’t want to play in the cold of Chicago but would play in Brooklyn? He doesn’t want to be the second fiddle but the Heat interest him? He doesn’t want to play for a team that’s not willing to spend a lot but the Clippers have his attention? He doesn’t want to play with a player as serious as Rose but he’d play with Kobe in LA?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Adidas’s running things.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    All of these reports are false. They just attract attention. Which should be obvious considering As Diesel said, they all contradict previous reports from “sources” – y’all are like puppets believing all of this and hating Dwight for it.

  • ripslam

    Dwight is an idiot. He’s the polar opposite of Rose, too. All he cares about is his money and image.

  • salty

    Haha Rik, the people here would love Jimmer to play for the Jazz. When the Kings/Jazz play you’d think the Kings were the home team. All the highlights on the local news are just about how Jimmer did and all the fans are cheering him and s***. It’s a shameful sight (but that’s because I’m a University of Utah alum…BYU’s mortal enemy.)

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Dwight is a douche. He keeps doing this & it’s affecting his teammates I’m sure.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com O

    How does Dwight and Rose both being Adidas spokesmen hurt sales again? Can someone break that doesn for me?

  • salty

    O: Because then the sales of their merchandise get consolidated specifically to the Bulls fans. If you have two star players in different cities, however, you’ve just broadened the # of people who will buy their jersey or whatever.

  • depzilladepzilla

    Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA hands down.
    Derrick Rose is the best PG in the NBA hands down. You can view this from two sides.
    If Dwight signs with bulls for 3 years with the 4th year option. They win at least 1 championship. option #2 sign with The nets trying to become a contender in 4 years time. My answer is to keep the team the bulls have and worry about getting past Miami. Let Dwight sign with a team that prefers his dance moves over being a better free throw shooter.

  • ripslam

    ^That is the first time I have ever heard of that being a problem. LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are all Nike athletes (Wade is Jordan Brand anyway), Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are also both Nike, Kevin Durant/Russ Westbrook, etc. etc. I guess it’s just Adidas, but that’s still ridiculous. Nike isn’t exactly struggling to sell merchandise for their endorsers, either (they posted the highest profit margins in company history last year). Maybe if Adidas could actually attract more superstars, they wouldn’t have to resort to this.
    -
    I’m extra salty today, as you can see. Haha.

  • ClydeSays

    Can’t see what that gets Orlando (haven’t seen much of Asik, Deng & Boozer are talented, but inconsistent & injury prone) beside a low 1st round pick. If I’m Orlando, I look for a better deal. Multiple picks and at least 1 solid young big seems like the absolute minimum they should be looking for.

    If Chicago can get that deal done, props to them. That sets them up nicely to pick up another FA in the offseason…

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Rose & Howard both have their own shoes with Adidas. Chris Paul has a signature shoe, Blake doesn’t. KD has a sign. shoe, Russ doesn’t. Wade’s shoe is garbage, James has a shoe & Bosh doesn’t. That’s why.

  • salty

    ripslam: I think that’s what it is man. Nike has their tentacles is so much stuff it doesn’t really matter. I think for a company like Adidas it’s a little more of an issue because they aren’t the Goliath that Nike is. I don’t know though, that’s just my interpretation.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com O

    Good looking on shedding light on Adidasgate, fellas…

  • ripslam

    Blake, Bosh, and Russ all have player-exclusive Hyperdunks/Hyperfuses available to buy. Not the same as a sig, but still.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Exactly, not the same at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I’m starting to get sick of hearing the name “Dwight Howard”

  • BostonBaller

    blah blah blah. SLAM gets the scoop: Where else did you first read about Brittney “The Beast” Griner & Elena Delle “The” Donne?? Both just spoke about the Tourney and I hope their teams meet up!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    BREAKING NEWS!!
    Howard is going to the Heat!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Nah, just playing…

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    I heard about that, if he did.. smh.

  • B-Wright

    Makes no sense that Dwight would rather go to Brooklyn than play with Derrick Rose on a contender. I’ve been sick of this guy since he started doing impressions in every media appearance (and since talking heads started telling him he was *good at impressions*). Ship the guy to Canada and call it a day.

  • http://www.thetvstop,com jjc

    Anybody who asks the question why would he want to play in the cold is a complete moron. Basketball is played INDOORS, he isn’t playing in he cold regardless of what city he is in.

    If he wants to win, there is NO other team in the east with a better shot at providing him a championship, that simple. Not gonna sit here and debate this issue, stats speak for itself. How many games has any other team won with 2-3 bench players starting for 97% of your season? I rest my case.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    -Obligatory Dwight hate post-
    Dwight has been putting in work lately, showing effort he rarely did earlier this season. I’ll call it: he’s not being traded this season. He’ll walk and the Magic will get cap space.

  • Justin G.

    B-Wright, it makes sense because he’s not actually about winning. Conflicting reports aside, it’s not the first time it’s come up either. That was one of the things supposedly said at the beginning of the year. Ultimately it comes down to what you want to believe. I never believe the “sources close to the situation” and “people close to Dwight say…” crap. It’s the same reason that magazines like Us and Star are so full of it too. There are no real sources, it’s just a story to get people to read their site. Makes SLAM look like nothing more than a gossip column at times when they choose to run this stuff

  • RedRum

    hhmm… I don’t get people criticizing DH… We all screamed and yelled when Lebron sided with Wade and Bosh to create a super team, took the easy way towards the chip. At the same time people criticize DH because he does not want to pair with Rose. DH obviously want to be The Man at his team. Bulls are Rose’s team, period. It will always be. Even if Dwight wins 5 rings there, it will be Rose’s rings. I just don’t understand why the double standard. I guess people do not see DH as a franchise player at the same level as Lebron/Kobe/Rose? Maybe, but his ego says otherwise. I think it is healthy that he wants to play for the Nets or any other team that he will be The Man. This is what we want from our stars. We want to see stars competing not playing together. If you ask me he should stay at Orlando, pushing for any changes he deems necessary (probably coaching change…). Again, think about the double standard.

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    u want to be the MAN!!!!??? the just sigh with ur team jerk!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Jones

    Chi and Orl both need to make trades. Rip has been such a disappointed due to his injuries and Orl has just taken steps back since 2009. As gutsy as Drose is, the Heat have only gotten better since last season and the Bulls just dont have enough offence to beat them in a 7 seven game series unless Rose really can play like the best PG in the world every game. Bulls and Magic gotta make a move.

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    Look Dwight, if you really want to be the man and have a shot at winning a chip, just sign with Orlando and just shut up and practice reading the double team and your inconsistent free throw. Adding a jump shot wouldn’t hurt either. Then just add some free agents and tell STAN to resign period.

  • dan

    dwight howard is a funny guy and a very good player. but he is also an idiot. i mean it without insulting him. he is a moron. but i like him anyway :D

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