The Chicago Bulls are hoping to trade former MVP Derrick Rose this offseason, according to a reliable league source.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders has reported that Bulls would prefer to trade Rose, entering the final year of his contract, rather than all-star Jimmy Butler, who still has four years left on his deal. “League sources in Italy say the Bulls are actively open to moving guard Derrick Rose and that seems to be the first choice rather than shopping Butler,” Kyler wrote on Tuesday.
Despite the NBA salary cap skyrocketing to $92 million (approx.) for the 2016-17 season, the Bulls would struggle to find a suitor willing to absorb Rose’s $21.3 million contract, albeit just for one year. It’s possible that teams with leftover cap space in the post free agency period could entertain thoughts of gambling on Rose, whose career has been marred with a series of injuries.
Kyler reasons that teams would better off trying to trade for Rose before next week’s NBA Draft. “In July, most of the league would have the cap space to simply absorb Rose’s contract, but doing anything that gets finalized around the draft would require a lot of salary to change hands. It is not uncommon for teams to agree to deal terms on something that gets finalized in the new cap year around the draft, so it’s possible something unfolds next week,” added the NBA insider.
Derrick Rose for Nerlens Noel?
The Bulls have expressed interest in trading for Nerlens Noel. The Sixers and Rose could prove to be a good fit. For starters, Philadelphia is desperate for a veteran point second. Also, they will likely have a ton of cap space in July since none of the marquee free agents are expected to wind up there. The Sixers could potentially gamble on Rose for one year and trade Noel to Chicago.
Last month, Chicago Now published an article, urging the Bulls front office to move on from the Derrick Rose era and bring in younger talent. “The Bulls are officially Jimmy Butler’s team now, and as we found out last season, Butler put up LeBron numbers in games he played without Rose being active. In case you have forgotten, the Bulls went 9-2 with Jimmy sans Rose last season, and in those 11 games Butler put up MVP numbers,” the website explained.
Derrick Rose averaged 16.4 points, 4.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds last season.