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Could Derrick Rose Make a Return to the Bulls this Summer?

The possibility of Derrick Rose returning to Chicago has Bulls fans buzzing. Beyond the nostalgia, it could make sense on the court as well.
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With the NBA Finals now in the books, the attention of media and fans has turned to the offseason. There has been plenty of excitement about how teams can improve their rosters through the NBA Draft and free agency. The Chicago Bulls in particular are looking to rebuild quickly and make a playoff push in the upcoming season.

One of the biggest holes on the roster is the lack of a true point guard. This past season, the Bulls went with a combination of Tomas Satoransky and Coby White to run the point. While both had decent seasons, White was much better when playing as a scoring guard off the bench. Additionally, Satoransky wasn't blowing anyone away with his point guard skills, and he could be dealt to another team this offseason.

So where does that lead the Bulls? In a recent podcast by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, there were rumblings about the Bulls potentially looking into a reunion with Chicago legend Derrick Rose.

Why Signing Derrick Rose Makes Sense on the Court

Even at 32 years old, the return of Derrick Rose would be magical for both the team and the city. From a basketball perspective, Rose would immediately provide an upgrade at the point guard position.

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In the 2020-21 season with the Pistons and Knicks, Rose averaged 14.7 points and 4.2 assists while playing close to 23 minutes per game. He even elevated his game in the playoffs to average 19.4 points and five assists in those contests, clearly looking like the best player on the court for the Knicks the entire series.

With Derrick Rose running the show, the Bulls would play with much more pace, but it would also allow Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic to play to their strengths. Vucevic and Rose would make a great combination in the pick-and-roll game. As for LaVine, he won't have to orchestrate the offense nearly as much, which would allow him to cut more frequently and move without the basketball to create easy shots. Finally, adding a third scorer in Rose would ease the pressure off LaVine and Vucevic.

Why Signing Derrick Rose Makes Sense from a Marketing Perspective

Since the Bulls selected Rose first overall in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Chicago native has been a fan favorite in his hometown regardless of where he has played. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many across Illinois and Chicago especially, Bulls fans haven't had a chance to watch their team live outside of a few games to close out the 2020-21 season. What better way to fully welcome back fans than giving them a nice return present in the form of Chicago's own Derrick Rose?

Not only would the team embrace his return, but the entire fan base would instantly get nostalgia from his younger years.

Chicago and Derrick Rose are synonymous. If there was ever a time to bring him back to the Bulls, it would be this offseason. And with Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley now calling the shots, it may just be possible. Another chapter for Rose and the Bulls might just be on the horizon.