Report: Derrick Rose, Bulls were never connected despite relationship being repaired
The Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose were never connected in free agency despite their relationship being repaired, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Rose and the Detroit Pistons will meet on Sunday. Johnson reports the Bulls and Rose are on good terms again.
Can confirm Pistons are focused on signing Derrick Rose, which @TheFrankIsola had 1st. As reported today, Bulls and Rose were never connected despite their relationship repaired post-trade to Knicks.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 29, 2019
The Bulls are reportedly looking for a veteran point guard to push Kris Dunn and Coby White in practice. Rose fits that bill, but the former MVP and Chicago native won’t be making a return to The Windy City.
Chicago has been linked to Milwaukee Bucks restricted free agent guard Malcolm Brogdon. There is talk around the league the Bulls could offer Brogdon a lucrative offer sheet that the Bucks might be unwilling to match.
This past season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rose averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and 85.6 percent from the free-throw line. He scored 20-plus points 24 times and 30-plus points 4 times, including that 50-point game on Halloween against the Utah Jazz.
Bulls fans would have loved to see Rose back at home. They gave him MVP chants on Dec. 26 when the Timberwolves were in town. Maybe Rose will sign a one-day contract with the franchise when his career is over to retire with his hometown club.