Why would we get trade for him (rent) just to watch him walk away while losing our key peices? Why would we do that and not get him to commit to us by signing an extension? We would be starting from scratch again if he walked after the season. Makes no sense at all..
Asik can be replaced. Taj > Boozer. Losing deng for a rental is really the only downside, and the fact that your best player isn't an inviting guy for people to come play with so having that extra free agency money might not mean anything. Depends on how the dice rolls, but chicago should be a top destination for howard regardless of rose's comments if he wanna win. If they are bold and confident about their business they should feel like they would be able to make him want to stay, considering they have the number one seed in the nba.