HoopsHype Derrick Rose rumors

July 1, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose was on hand at the United Center and was part of the Bulls' Tuesday pitch to Carmelo Anthony, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Rose departed shortly after 3 p.m., and the extent of his involvement was not known. Chicago Tribune

KC Johnson: As Thibodeau hinted Monday with his "our players will be available to talk" comment, DRose will be part of Bulls' pitch to Melo. Whether that involves DRose at meeting or just available to talk to Melo isn't known yet. But if Melo wants to talk to DRose, should happen. Twitter @KCJHoop

Joakim Noah has been talking to Anthony since the All-Star break. Derrick Rose doesn't publicly recruit players, but sources told the Tribune last week word has reached Anthony's camp that Rose would welcome Anthony's arrival. If Anthony wants to talk to Rose, sources said an effort for that conversation will be made. Chicago Tribune

In an interview Sunday with Yahoo Sports, Rose — who missed all but 10 games last season with a torn meniscus in his right knee — indicated he might not try out for the U.S. team that will compete this summer in the Basketball World Cup in Spain. The tournament begins Aug. 30. That was news to the Bulls. ‘‘In terms of if he’s ready to go, he’s going,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘He wants to go. That’s what he’s told me; that’s what he’s told USA Basketball. But it’s a step-by-step process. He’s coming along fine. The next step is to participate in summer league. If that goes well, he goes to USA [camp]. And if that goes well, he’ll play in those games. Chicago Sun-Times

‘‘You don’t know the context in which it was said. From what we’re seeing, he’s making good, steady progress. He looks great, and that’s all he can go by.’’ General manager Gar Forman said he hadn’t talked with Rose about the latest questions regarding his participation in Team USA’s camp, but he reiterated that ‘‘from a physical standpoint, [Rose] is doing terrific.’’ Forman also said all indications have been that Rose would try out for Team USA. ‘‘I still don’t know yet,’’ Rose told Yahoo Sports. ‘‘If I’m feeling right and the time is [right], for sure I will go out there. My body is responding good, but you never know.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

June 29, 2014 Updates

The Chicago Bulls are expected to pursue Carmelo Anthony in free agency. They just shouldn't expect Derrick Rose to participate in the recruiting. Rose told Yahoo Sports on Sunday that he doesn't plan to recruit Anthony – or any free agent, for that matter – even though he likes Anthony's game and thinks they can play alongside each other. Rose's reason is simple: He said it's "not his job." "My thing is if they want to come, they can come," Rose said. Yahoo! Sports

June 27, 2014 Updates

Both Thibodeau and Forman remain hopeful that Rose will be able to stay healthy throughout next season. Forman noted that Rose, who is slated to practice with the Bulls' summer league team, is playing 5-on-5 ball and has been "aggressive" in his rehab. "He's doing well," Thibodeau said. "He's picked up the intensity in his workouts. His drill work has been outstanding. And then he's preparing right now to practice with our summer league team. That will be the next step and then the step after that, which will be very helpful for him and helpful for us to give us a pretty good read of where he is when he gets to participate for Team USA. "So he's moving along well, he's right where he should be and then we'll see where he is once we start those practices." ESPN.com

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June 23, 2014 Updates

Noah will be disappointed if it turns out that Anthony uses the Bulls merely to get Dolan to up the Knicks’ offer. But one of his teammates won’t be crushed. Derrick Rose hasn’t called Anthony once and isn’t expected to do any recruiting when the Bulls make their run at the Knicks’ top scorer in free agency. New York Daily News

According to sources close to Kevin Love, Rose’s preference is for the Bulls to work out a deal as soon as possible for Minnesota’s All-Star forward because he sees Love as more of a team player than Anthony. Chicago is in the mix with Golden State for Love, with Boston and Denver considered long shots. If it makes any difference to Melo, Rose has no plans to recruit Love, who is free next summer, either. But the Bulls already know whom he’d really prefer to play with in the future. New York Daily News

June 22, 2014 Updates

Saturday’s news that the Bulls have engaged the Magic in trade talks for veteran swingman Arron Afflalo did little to change their goal of aggressively trying to overhaul the roster. League sources said targeting Afflalo, who averaged a career-high 18.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting last season, serves two purposes. It signals to primary target Carmelo Anthony the win-now mentality the Bulls must have with Joakim Noah turning 30 next February and Derrick Rose coming off back-to-back knee surgeries. Chicago Tribune

June 21, 2014 Updates

The Bulls are emboldened by their options and flexibility heading into the draft and free agency, and the No. 1 reason just happens to be their most important piece of the puzzle: Derrick Rose. Rose is playing 5-on-5 on a daily basis, and, according to one witness, "looks like the old Derrick Rose." So much of the Bulls' future is tied to the former MVP regaining his form and health, but the team's focus now is getting him some help. CBSSports.com

June 18, 2014 Updates

According to three people who either have played against Rose or witnessed his workouts, who requested anonymity, the 2011 NBA most valuable player is displaying both explosion and speed in games. Of course, Rose must prove he can remain healthy over the course of an 82-game schedule after playing in just 50 regular- and postseason games over the last three seasons. Team physician Brian Cole re-attached Rose's right meniscus during surgery, which created a longer rehabilitation process but is the preferred method for limiting long-term issues. Chicago Tribune

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