Derrick Rose could be preparing for a return to the Chicago Bulls in the coming weeks and months.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, there is mutual interest between Rose and Chicago, where the veteran goalie claimed NBA MVP honors in 2010-11.
“It’s unclear how Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau can stand in the way of the Bulls’ potential advancements, and Chicago will have to spread contracts to bring two ball managers to such expected salaries, ”Fischer writes, adding that the Bulls probably looking for more than one point of guard in the summer.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported earlier this week that Rose was on Chicago radar. However, he added that the veteran striker is not necessarily at the top of the team’s priority list.
It’s no secret that the Bulls are in the market for a guarded starting spot this summer, but they also need more depth on the bench. Rose might not be a beginner, but she’s definitely a solid addition off the bench.
The 32-year-old averaged 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game last season with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks while shooting 47% from the field and 38.8% from deep. His 2020-21 performance has made it clear that he can still contribute to a winning team, and considering the Bulls are looking to take a step forward next season, Rose could be part of the solution.
However, the Bulls have a lot of holes to fill this summer, and Rose is due for an important contract. If he’s looking for too much money, Chicago might choose to spend the money elsewhere. Also, many playoff caliber teams will likely be interested in Rose’s services.
The Bulls selected Rose for first place in the 2008 draft. He played for the team from 2008-2016, winning Rookie of the Year, an MVP award and winning three All-Star selections.