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Derrick Rose hasn’t thought about return to Bulls, says ‘ears are open’ if they call in free agency

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose says he hasn’t thought about returning to the Chicago Bulls this summer, but admits his ears will be open if they call.

Rose becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Bulls are looking for a veteran point guard to push Kris Dunn:

Rose, of course, spent the first eight years of his career with the Bulls. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

A Chicago native, Rose won a Rookie of the Year and MVP award with his hometown Bulls. He also made the All-Star team three times.

Everyone knows what happened in 2012, though. Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Rose has undergone four knee surgeries since winning the MVP award.

The Bulls traded Rose to the New York Knicks in the summer of 2016.

With the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, Rose averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He’s better than Dunn, but the problem is Rose is still prone to injuries. The former MVP only played in 51 games this season and just underwent elbow surgery.

Given his history in Chicago with the fans and media, it might not be the best thing for Rose to come back home and deal with all that stuff again. Also, at this stage of his career, Rose would be better suited to join a contender.