The Chicago Bulls could make major moves this summer after failing to advance to the NBA Playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. Derrick Rose is continuously being mentioned in Bulls rumors, suggesting the former NBA Most Valuable Player might have played his last season in Chicago.
According to Hoops Rumors, the Bulls could be a trade partner for the Philadelphia 76ers, who appear to be in win-now mode under new general manager Bryan Colangelo. Recent NBA trade rumors indicate the 76ers are trying to accelerate their rebuilding process and are willing to part ways with Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel for a proven veteran.
The report mentioned Rose as one of the potential target for the 76ers, who are looking for a solid playmaker, as proven by their desire to acquire Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague. Rose will solidify Philadelphia’s backcourt, but Hoops Rumors indicated that they might be unwilling to give up Okafor in exchange for the 27-year-old guard.
However, the Bulls and the 76ers might eventually agree in a deal involving Rose and Noel. Rose will bring stability to the young 76ers squad and will have the chance to re-establish himself as one of the top superstars in the league, while Noel will provide defensive presence for the Bulls.
Rose, who has spent his entire seven-year NBA career in Chicago, averaged 16.4 points on top of 4.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds for the Bulls last season. On the other hand, Noel posted 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds to go along with 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks in 67 games for Philadelphia this season.
Noel, who was selected sixth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft but sat out the 2013-14 season due to a knee injury, could play the role of Joakim Noah. Noah will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year will likely leave the Bulls this offseason.
According to Sporting News, Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau wants to reunite with Noah. The report also mentioned Noah is very interested in playing under Thibodeau again after their successful run together in Chicago from 2010 to 2015.