Gill: ‘Chicago Is The Right Place’ If Howard Wants To Win Championships
CHICAGO (WSCR) After the Chicago Bulls lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night, the consensus seems to be that if they had one more perimeter scorer, that they could have had enough firepower to knock off the Heat.
But there’s also concern over forward Carlos Boozer. And there’s a player down in Florida who could be on the move sometime soon, and despite it being a long-shot right now, would look very good in a Bulls uniform.
“If I’m Dwight Howard, there’s two places for me to go: the Los Angeles Lakers or the Chicago Bulls,” former Bull and current analyst Kendall Gill said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “Now, do I want to go play with a 33, 34-year old Kobe Bryant who has a couple years left? Or do I want to go to Chicago and play with a young stud like Derrick Rose who has 10, 12 years left, and I’m just 25 years old myself?”
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Howard is still under contract through the 2013 season, but could opt out of his current deal in the summer of 2012 and become a free agent. Because it seems unlikely that Howard will sign an extension with Orlando, the Bulls could reach out to the Magic and try to work out a trade.
“I think that Chicago is the right place in order for [Howard] to come if he wants to win championships,” Gill said. “Because I’ll tell you, I love Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard together, I think that’s an unstoppable combination. I don’t care whether you have the Big Three and Destiny’s Child down in Miami or not, you know, it doesn’t matter. You put those two together and you’re going to win championships, and I think that’s something that Dwight Howard has to look at.”
The Bulls would have to clear significant cap space, most likely Boozer, for this dream scenario to come anywhere close to a reality.