Derrick Rose Reportedly Worried Bulls Are Going to Rebuild

by December 15, 2013


The Bulls have an uncertain future ahead of them: While their superstar guard returns from injury over the next year, they need to decide if they’re going to re-sign Luol Deng (a free agent next summer), amnesty Carlos Boozer (or re-sign him when he hits free agency in the summer of 2015), and whether they’ll build their roster through free agency or turn the team over to youngsters like Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson and rebuild. Derrick Rose, a star who—when healthy—believes he should be competing for a title, wants nothing to do with any sort of rebuild, according to the Daily News: “Derrick Rose has real concerns these days, but those have nothing to do with returning from his latest round of major knee surgery. Rather, his concerns center on his team’s future makeup. Rose has told several confidantes that he is worried that the Bulls will start to let the team hit the skids by allowing key players to leave via free agency, forcing him to go through a rebuilding program that he wants no part of. ‘Derrick is worried that the Bulls are going to lose what they have,’ said a league source. ‘He doesn’t want to go through rebuilding.’ But that could be exactly how the Bulls treat this latest setback involving their franchise player, who had season-ending knee surgery on Nov. 25. Chicago is not expected to meet Luol Deng’s salary demands next summer when he becomes a free agent. Carlos Boozer has one more season to go on his contract and the Bulls aren’t expected to bring him back. How they would proceed if those major losses really do happen is anyone’s guess.”