Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/30/11

Orlando center Dwight Howard leaves the court after the Magic's 99-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 14, 2009. The Lakers won the Finals with the victory. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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Earlier this week, we shared a report that said Adidas may want to keep Dwight Howard from joining the Chicago Bulls because they want to keep their star athletes (Derrick Rose is the other) in separate markets. That’s probably why you didn’t see the Bulls on Dwight’s list of teams where he would like to be traded.

Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson essentially confirmed the report during an appearance on The Waddle & Silvy Show Wednesday.

“We don’t want to talk about other teams’ players, but obviously there are situations out there that you know that you have to look at,” Paxson said when asked about exploring trade options for Dwight. “The other part of it is you hope those types of players want to come here. Sometimes, at least what you hear from agents, I don’t think it has anything to do with basketball. It has more to do with marketing and whatever it is. Those are the things you don’t have under control when the agent gets involved and doesn’t even want to talk to you. All you do is keep trying, and we certainly will.”

That’s pretty weak, if you ask me. I really hope that’s not the case. Why wouldn’t Dwight want to go to a big market like Chicago and play with Derrick Rose? Dwight wants to team with Deron Williams or Chris Paul, but not Rose? The Adidas thing explains it, and that sucks.

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You can listen to the entire interview here.

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