After seven seasons, Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls parted ways this summer that broke the heart of most fans in the Windy City. Will the Bulls regret trading the former MVP?
In June, the Chicago Bulls engaged in a trade deal with the New York Knicks. The Bulls traded Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday, and a 2017 second-round pick for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Jerian Grant. It is quite understandable for the Bulls to make such move since the former MVP’s performance has tremendously gone down in the past years.
Another thing is Derrick Rose will become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Trading him is the best option for the Bulls than losing him in free agency without getting anything in return. Last year, Rose hinted the possibility of leaving the Bulls, revealing that he was focused on 2017 NBA free agency.
In the recent free agency, the Bulls immediately found a replacement point guard by signing Rajon Rondo to a two-year deal worth $28.1 million. Dwyane Wade surprisingly left the Miami Heat and joined with the Bulls. Jimmy Butler, who is now the new face of the franchise, is tasked to continue the Bulls’ legacy in the succeeding years.
Meanwhile, Derrick Rose will be starting a new journey in the Carmelo Anthony-led New York Knicks. The Knicks has also managed to make a major upgrade in their roster where some people considered them as a ‘Super Team’. As of now, the former MVP is currently in Los Angeles because of his civil sexual assault trial.
Few weeks before the start of the regular season, Derrick Rose remains questionable to be back for the Knicks until his case is over.
“I think it makes it harder,” Carmelo Anthony said. “But at the same time for him, it should excite him to see kind of what we’re doing without those two guys so far. So I’m pretty sure if I was [Hornacek], I’d be calling Derrick and telling him, ‘Hurry up. Figure it out and hurry up back.’ Just because the way the team is starting to jell together and come together, the camaraderie we’re starting to create with one another, we don’t want him missing out on that.”
Until now, it remains unclear if the gang rape case has something to do with the Bulls’ decision to trade Derrick Rose to the Knicks. With the current situation, it seems like the Bulls do not regret trading the former MVP for the sake of the team’s future.
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