The Orlando Magic are dealing with a major dilemma: do they keep Dwight Howard through the trade deadline and risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season or do they make a trade right now for the big man, knowing they won’t get close to equal value. And making matters worse is that Howard can refuse to re-sign with a team if he is dealt, leaving them high and dry.
The big man is in total control and has been non-committal with the Magic on whether he plans to stay long term or not. So, Orlando has been getting lowball offers so far.
One team that the Magic would like to speak with is the Chicago Bulls according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. He mentions a deal that would include center Omer Asik, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu along with a draft pick.
That would make a fantastic pairing of Howard along with Derrick Rose which you could argue would be the best young combination in the NBA. However, Chicago is not on the all-star centers preferred list of teams he would commit to which has killed any talks.
While the Bulls have the best record in the Eastern Conference, it is still up for debate if the team is good enough in a best-of-seven playoff series to get past the Miami Heat.
Even if Howard was dealt to Chicago in that deal, the Magic would be saddled with Boozer for three more season at big money and Deng for two more seasons.