Despite failing to lead his team to the playoffs, the 2018-19 season was a rebirth year for Derrick Rose. He began the year averaging 19.0 points per game while shooting a career 48.4 percent from behind the arc. His best game came in the Timberwolves‘ 128-125 victory over the Utah Jazz, where Rose scored a career-high 50 points in the win.
Although it was nice to see Rose return to form, his season came to an expected end after discovering a chip fracture in his elbow that required surgery. And after the firing of former Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, it is safe to say that Rose has played his last game in Minnesota.
Now, the 30-year old point guard is set to hit free agency this summer, and will have several suitors lining up to acquire his services. Amongst the teams looking to sign the former MVP are the Chicago Bulls. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the NBA Insider reported that the hometown guard could be an option for the Bulls this summer.
I wrote a column in late January advocating for this move that engendered plenty of reaction. My sense after writing the piece was that it wasn’t out of the question. Since then, though Rose has endured more injuries, which would make this less of a possibility. There are other options In Ricky Rubio, Darren Collison and Patrick Beverley.
After losing Rose in a trade with the Knicks in 2016, the Bulls has yet to fill the empty void following his departure. And with Zach LaVine and Otto Porter Jr the feautre of the team, Rose would be the perfect option for the Bulls as their new starting point guard.
It will be interesting to see where the hopeful guard lands next, and if he can finally stay healthy enough to have the breakout season we have all been waiting for. To stay up to date on all things NBA and more, be sure to subscribe to You Can Argue That Sports and receive notifications of new posts and podcasts by email.