NBA free agency: Derrick Rose 'open' to returning to Bulls

By E.Jay Zarett 9 April 2019 267
NBA free agency: Derrick Rose 'open' to returning to Bulls

Derrick Rose may want to re-join the Bulls.

The 30-year-old guard, who has spent the last two seasons with the Timberwolves, will be a free agent this summer. His agent, B.J. Armstrong, discussed the possibility of Rose returning to Chicago, where his career began, during an interview Monday with 670 The Score.

“I think we’re going to look at everything, we want to look at the situation,” Armstrong said. “There isn’t a situation we would not look at because Derrick is still a very capable player. We’ll see what the Bulls have.

“There’s no secret, there’s no doubt that in his heart, Chicago will always be there. We’ll see. I don’t know what the Bulls are going to do at this particular time. … If it presented itself, we’d be open to that conversation. We’ll find out in due time.”

Rose developed into a star with the Bulls and became the youngest player ever to be named MVP when he won the award at age 22 in 2010-11. But, he struggled with injuries during his last few seasons with Chicago and eventually played for the Knicks as well as the Cavaliers before landing in Minnesota.

"(Chicago) is home for me,” Rose told reporters in December (via The Daily Herald). “I'll never leave Chicago. I still have a place here. I'm always going to have a place here. My son is being raised here. So, this is home.

"I try to look forward. You never know what my opportunities are going to be this coming offseason with this organization. … My attention right now is with this organization I'm with right now. This offseason, you never know what can happen."

Rose had a bounce-back season for Minnesota as he averaged 18 points and 4.3 assists in 51 games. He was shut down for the rest of the season with an elbow injury in late March.

Meanwhile, the Bulls hold a 22-58 record with two games remaining. They’ll miss the playoffs for a second straight season.

 

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