Free Agency is officially set to begin tonight, as one of the most exciting times of the NBA calendar is almost here. We could see a record number of fresh faces in new places, with every team trying to strengthen their roster and snatch some valuable additions. There are some big names on the market like Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul, but it is unlikely they will be switching teams. On the other side, some names that don't move the championship needle but are still great could be moving, as Derrick Rose is in that company.
The 32-year old former MVP silenced his critics last season and proved he could still be a valuable piece for a Playoff team. Rose played the role of the 6th man for the surprising New York Knicks, serving at times as the primary offensive option while being the veteran stabilizer of the team. Not many people expected Rose to contribute much after getting traded from the Pistons, but Rose would fit in great and help the Knicks end their 8-year long playoff drought, averaging 14.9 ppg and 4.2 apg while coming off the bench.
Obviously, Rose's great play and new role would attract the attention of other NBA teams, who would love to add Derrick into the mix in hopes of getting the same production he had in New York. One of those teams are the Chicago Bulls. Rose's hometown team and original franchise are looking to add some names this offseason, and D-Rose is a part of their plans. Reports came out saying the Bulls are heavily targeting Lonzo Ball as their point guard of the future, all while trying to get Derrick Rose back in a role of a backup point guard and mentor.
"For the Bulls, there's believed to be mutual interest with Lonzo Ball on a four-year deal worth over $80 million. If the Pelicans do not renounce Ball, that agreement would have to come via an offer sheet, which New Orleans would have the option to match. Regardless of that outcome, there are strong indications from league sources that mutual interest exists between Derrick Rose and his storied hometown franchise, where he claimed league MVP honors in 2010-11. It's unclear how Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau can stand in the way of the Bulls' potential advances, and Chicago will need to shed contracts to bring on two ball-handlers at such expected salaries."
Jake Fischer, Bleacher Report
The Bulls showed they want to make their team relevant again last season by trading for All-Star center Nikola Vučević. But now they want to take a step further by adding the promising point guard Lonzo Ball next to LaVine and Vučević. That would be a great core trio, and getting Derrick Rose back home in the role he had last season could be one of the best storylines of the season.
Rose is a legend in the city of Chicago, winning an MVP award back in 2011 as the youngest player to ever do it. His flashy style of play and explosiveness won over the hearts of the whole NBA world, but it also brought heartbreaking injuries that took his career in a direction no one saw coming.
But Rose, at his age, still shows his perseverance and ability to keep it going, serving as a valuable player in this league. A potential homecoming could be the ideal path for ending a remarkable career that could have been amongst the best ever, as hopefully, we could see D-Rose in a Bulls uniform again. That would be a sight to see.