When Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic were in New England last week to face the Boston Celtics, the word came that he wouldn't mind pulling on a green jersey if he happened to get traded there. Now he tells the Chicago Tribune that he wouldn't say no to playing with the Chicago Bulls.
"If I could play with Derrick (Rose) right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen," Howard said, according to the Trib. "It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That's my brother."
The wish list that Howard turned in to the Magic of team's that he'd like to be traded to include the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks. According to the Tribune, there is some belief that Adidas, which has both Rose and Howard as endorsers, didn't "want two signature players on the same team."
Howard disputes that rumor, though: "It has nothing to do with Adidas," Howard said, according to the Tribune. "In fact, Adidas would love that because me and Derrick have the same guy."
Of course, the chances of Howard getting moved to the Bulls this season couldn't be much slimmer. While the Magic is on a three-game losing streak and has fallen to third place in the Southeast Division, it still is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The 26-year-old Howard, a five-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, is averaging 20.1 points, 15.5 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game.
When is Howard going to say he'd like to help the Charlotte Bobcats turn things around?