According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Derrick Rose is interested in a return to the Chicago Bulls. Rose, the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, quickly rose to stardom while playing for his hometown team. A three-time NBA All-Star with Chicago, Rose was also the youngest NBA MVP in NBA history. A hot start to his career was quickly derailed after he tore his ACL in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Rose sat out the entire 2012-13 NBA Season and the Bulls eventually traded him to the New York Knicks in the 2016 offseason.
The Bulls currently have a bit of a log-jam at the point guard position. Tomas Satoransky is still on the roster along with Coby White, Devon Dotson, and newly drafted guard Ayo Dosunmu. Lonzo Ball could also be part of the Bulls’ plans when NBA free agency begins on August 2.
According to Mark Schanowski of Stadium, Rose is only considering playoff teams in free agency. If he has interest in returning home, he must believe the Bulls are on the verge of something special. The Bulls could benefit greatly from a Derrick Rose return. The 32-year-old guard has been to the playoffs seven times in his career and would provide distinct veteran leadership in the locker room.
Last season, Rose was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Knicks, marking the beginning of his second stint with New York. In 50 games between Detroit and New York, Rose averaged 14.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, and 4.2 APG. He shot 47% from the field and a career-high 38% from downtown. It’s obvious that Rose can still contribute on a playoff team. Who knows? Maybe he will return home to Chicago and help the Bulls make the playoffs for the first time since 2017.