Derrick Rose is set to hit free agency this summer, and the Chicago Bulls are eyeing to trade him off to get “big” returns.
The Bulls are no longer a serious title contender this season like when they used to be under Tom Thibodeau. They are currently 30-27 under head coach Fred Hoiberg’s first season.
Injuries to key guys like Joakim Noah ruined Chicago this season. Leading scorer Jimmy Butler also sustained an injury that ruled him out. The Bulls are looking to boost their roster during the off-season to provide Hoiberg oxygen for his second season.
Rose’s career went downhill after he became the youngest to win the MVP award in 2011. He was mostly plagued by injury. The trade is very likely as Rose would like to redeem himself elsewhere and Chicago looks forward to go ahead with Jimmy Butler as the leader.
Steve Kyler of the Basketball Insiders wrote:
They do have to find some answers to the roster fit with Hoiberg. It would not surprise me at all if the Bulls explore Derrick Rose’s trade value because I think he leaves the Bulls as a free agent in 2017.
I think once teams miss on free agents the Bulls could get real value out of Rose. I think both Derrick and the Bulls need a change of scenery. I don’t think Derrick will ever live up to the expectation or broken expectations some in Chicago have for him.
Rose, meanwhile, sat out for the third straight game for his injured right tendinitis on Saturday, as reported by Morning News USA. The former MVP may miss back-to-back games in Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday nights due to the same problem, according to the Chicago Tribune.