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The Bulls got an up-close look Thursday night at what Dwight Howard could bring to their squad as the Magic center had 29 points and 18 rebounds in Orlando's 99-94 win over Chicago. Bulls guard Derrick Rose has said he's sick and tired of trade talk involving Howard, but the idea of the two stars on the same team must be a tempting one. The Bulls will have until the Ides of March to make a decision either way.


Are the Bulls title favorites?

The Bulls currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but they're top-heavy -- an off game from Derrick Rose leaves them vulnerable.

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Could Rose and Howard coexist?

Both players are used to being the No. 1 option on their current squads, but as we've seen with superstar duos in the past, one player generally has to step aside for the team to succeed.

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Bulls or Heat?

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are Derrick Rose's chief rivals in the Eastern Conference this season -- if he had Dwight Howard, would it be enough to overcome the Heat's Big Two?

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Should the Celtics start rebuilding?

Rajon Rondo has matured into a bona fide star with the Celtics, but with the team going nowhere fast, it's becoming more and more likely that Boston will trade him. A Rondo trade would be essentially giving up on the season.

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Howard or Rondo?

Magic center Dwight Howard also might be available for trade if the Magic's pursuit of Monta Ellis as a complement to him fails.

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Where will Howard end up?

Howard has looked for a trade for much of the past few months, seemingly convinced that the Magic won't be serious contenders any time soon.

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Is Dwight Howard talking too much?

Dwight Howard told his teammates not to take the court if they didn't want to play hard. Then he said he'd be fine playing with Derrick Rose in Chicago. Does he get to say both?

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Would it be worth it to Bulls?

It seems like Howard may be the only one talking about Chicago. But if the Bulls could land him, would breaking up the East's top seed be wise?

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Is it time for the Magic to act?

The Magic are 12-8, comfortably in the playoff picture in the East, but with things going sour lately, is it time to make a move or wait and risk losing Howard for nothing?

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Is Howard's popularity suffering?

As the drama drags on about Howard's future, is one of the NBA's more charismatic young stars in danger of rubbing fans the wrong way?

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Will "Hack-a-Howard" catch on?

Dwight Howard broke one of Wilt Chamberlain's records by taking 39 free throws against the Warriors. The Magic won, but considering Howard hit just 21 free throws, is it good strategy?

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Why do big men struggle at the line?

It's not universal -- Yao Ming shot 83 percent from the line -- but giants like Chamberlain and Shaquille O'Neal were just as bad from the charity stripe as Howard.

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Will the Magic trade Howard?

Free throws aside, Howard finished with 45 points, 23 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. With that kind of production, will the 8-3 Magic take their chances and keep Howard?

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Are the Magic contenders with him?

With that 8-3 record, the Magic are tied for first in the Southeast Division with the mighty Heat and just 1.5 games behind the Bulls for the East lead.

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How could the Nets best make a big splash as they prepare for an eventual move from New Jersey to Brooklyn? Well, adding the NBA's best big man would be a start. The Nets are reportedly ready to offer Brook Lopez and two first-round picks for Dwight Howard and the financial anvil that is Hedo Turkoglu's contract. There is some skepticism about the Magic's willingness to abandon all hope of keeping Howard, but should this offer convince them?


Will the Magic trade Howard?

The Cavaliers waited out LeBron James and lost big. The Nuggets eventually bailed on Carmelo Anthony. What path will the Magic take?

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Should Magic listen to Nets?

Brook Lopez averaged 20.4 points per game last season for the Nets, while Hedo Turkoglu is still owed $35 million. Sound like a deal?

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Which duo would rule the Big Apple?

The Knicks made bold moves to acquire Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but would Deron Williams (if he signs an extension) and Howard trump them?

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What most motivates Howard?

The superstar center who preceded Howard in Orlando, Shaquille O'Neal, proved you can have all three, but what motivates Howard?

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