A former MVP of the league, Rookie of the Year, and 1st overall pick in 2009, Derrick Rose is still a free agent and hasn’t had any serious discussions with any team regarding a contract. Rose once looked like he was going to be the best player in the NBA and the face of the Chicago Bulls. Now, he is still a free agent twenty-one days in, and hasn’t gotten a contract offer from any team as of yet.

He last visited with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks, but left without a deal. The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly has interest in Rose but don’t have the cap room for Rose’s expectations. A team that has been in the shadows and already has connections would be the Chicago Bulls.

Rose played his first seven seasons in the league for the Bulls but missed the entire 2012-13 season with injuries. He was traded to the New York Knicks last offseason because the Bulls wanted to go in a different direction and wanted to get past his injuries. Rose was paid roughly $21 million last season for the Knicks in the last year of his contract.

Rose’s first three seasons in the NBA were absolutely amazing with him being able to stay healthy and on the court. He only missed six games in three seasons. The following year he missed forty-three games after he tore his ACL in the playoffs the year before. His career hasn’t been the same after that. He missed the entire next year and only played in ten games the following year after more knee injuries.

There is a lot of caution for any team if they want to sign Rose, and the money that he would probably want would be way too much for having a player that is injury prone.

There are a lot of reasons that would make sense for the Bulls signing Rose. One of the main reasons is the hometown connection as Rose heralds from Chicago. The Bulls right now don’t have the cap space to sign Rose to a $15-17 million deal, without buying out Dwyane Wade’s $24 million contract. If the Bulls bring back Rose it would help his career tremendously. Right now he might be the first MVP to not make the Hall of Fame. He would be able to rejuvenate his career if he can stay healthy for a season. He could easily be a 19 points, four rebounds, and five assists player.

If the Bulls would bring Rose back and buyout Dwyane Wade it would save the team around $2-$9 million and would be enough to get another valuable piece at a forward spot. Possible forwards still available who would command a reasonable price are Derrick Williams, Gerald Green, Terrance Jones, and Michael Beasley. Williams would probably be the best piece in the Bulls puzzle to try and make the playoffs next season.

This would give the Bulls a line up of:

Derrick Rose-Cameron Payne-Kris Dunn-Jerian Grant

Zach LaVine-Justin Holiday-David Nwaba

Derrick Williams-Paul Zipser-Denzel Valentine

Nikola Mirotic-Bobby Portis-Lauri Markkanen

Robin Lopez-Christiano Felicio

The Eastern Conference got significantly worse over the offseason and the Bulls could slide into the playoffs with this lineup.

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