Derrick Rose’s scheduled workout in Chicago this week with Carmelo Anthony in the building reportedly had nothing to do with Melo. With their superstar point guard’s unbending stance on free agent recruitment, the Bulls chose not to include Rose in their well-received pitch to Anthony. Per ESPN:
Rose, Chicago’s star point guard, happened to be in the middle of his daily workout routine when Bulls officials brought Anthony into the United Center on Tuesday afternoon, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Rose actually was surprised to see Anthony, one source said. He had no idea what time the Knicks’ free agent would be visiting the Bulls.
Rose broke up his workout to approach Anthony and said a brief hello, but that was the extent of his participation in the Bulls’ recruitment.
Chicago took Anthony through a prepared recruitment presentation for Anthony, and Rose’s impression was that teammates Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were officially part of it, sources said. But the Bulls’ front office never asked Rose to join in. “Derrick wasn’t bothered that he wasn’t a part of it,” a source said. “He was just kind of shocked, like, ‘Man, I didn’t get the memo.'”