The Chicago Bulls could explore on trading former NBA MVP Derrick Rose in the offseason with the goal of getting something in return before the guard becomes a free-agent at the end of the 2016-17 season, according to Basketball Insiders NBA writer Steve Kyler.
It’s obvious the Bulls are no longer the elite ballclub they once were under Tom Thibodeau. Chicago, at 30-27, is still learning the ropes around the system of first year head coach Fred Hoiberg.
While injuries to their core players (Joakim Noah is out for the remainder of the season with shoulder injury) are devastating, Kyler believes the no.1 issue the Bulls have to address in the offseason is the make-up of its roster, which appears to be at odds with Hoiberg’s up-tempo playing time.
Moreover, Kyler added that the Bulls might consider the idea of trading Rose for the reason that he might leave Windy City in the summer of 2017. The NBA analyst called it a win-win scenario for both parties as Rose would have a chance to redeem himself elsewhere and Bulls finally move on with Jimmy Butler as the centerpiece of the team.
“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.”
After becoming the youngest MVP winner in NBA history in 2011, Rose’s career went downhill after suffering two major injuries: an ACL tear on his left knee in 2012 and MCL tear on the right knee in 2013.
Rose played 51 games last season and made his return in the playoffs, where he helped the Bulls reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.
If the Chicago proceeds in shopping Rose, the New York Knicks could emerge as potential suitor because they have the player John Paxson and Gar Forman have been salivating to acquire – Carmelo Anthony.
Rose, 27, is averaging 16.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds over 48 games with the Bulls this season.
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