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Valentine’s Day Will Be Without a Rose

The Derrick Rose era has come to an end in Chicago.  The MVP and Simeon alum has been shipped out of Chicago, a place he thought he would call home his whole career. While to many it was a shock, and some were waiting for him to go for a couple of years now, Rose will leave in a legacy in Chicago. But will it be a remembered and reminiscing legacy like Jordan and Pippen, or will it be one that could have been better.  

DerrickRoseInjuredIf you were to ask a Chicagoan ten years from now who was Derrick Rose to you, you can bet many will say the youngest MVP ever, the powerful and impactful dunker and playmaker, and could get to the basket like a madman. It’s safe to say though that many people will mention that he was injured plagued and never reached his potential he set after his MVP year.  It’s definitely something he never wanted fans to remember him by, but playing in a total of 49 games over three seasons at one point in his Bulls tenure made it seem as Derrick wasn’t even a part of the team.  Sure he was on the payroll and his name covered the stadium seats, but his unlucky knees sidelined him and many began to not believe in DRose anymore.

It was definitely a rough day in Chicago for the organization, Derrick Rose and his  family and friends, fans, and teammates who have been with Rose through all the rehab and have helped with the criticism surrounding him.  Rose says he got emotional and that’s expected. This city means everything to Rose, and being able to play for his hometown team meant the world to him. Rose though is excited for a new beginning and will continue to work to be great as he is only 27, Rose should have a lot more basketball in him.

The New York Knicks sent G Jerian Grant, G Jose Calderon, and C Robin Lopez to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for G Derrick Rose, G Justin Holiday, and a 2017 2nd round pick. At first glance, yes the Bulls should have gotten more but what else did the Knicks have? Really nothing else because Carmelo Anthony and rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis were untouchable. And Rose not being the same player he used to be, his value is not high at all and his salary sure doesn’t help, even with the rise in cap space expected to reach 94 million for the 2016-2017 NBA season. When breaking down the trade, Rose adds to Melo and Prozingis to make a so called Big 3, and for the Bulls, they gain some veteran experience in Calderon and Lopez and gain a young guard in Grant.  Lopez is a great rotational big man and will work nicely next to Taj Gibson. Calderon is a pass first point guard and creatively finds the open man. And Grant, it is hard to form a player profile at the moment, but the sky’s the limit for the Notre Dame alum. Grant could very well turn into the point guard of the future.

Photo by; Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by; Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

The Bulls are in rebuilding mode. General Manager Gar Forman says the goal is to add young, athletic players to the roster.  The Bulls have had a lot of ups and down the past couple years. From not staying healthy, to not getting past LeBron in the playoffs, to the firing of Thibs, it’s been very little of improvement from year to year in Chicago. Making the playoffs is just the start and with many talented rosters over the past few years, the Bulls were capable of making it to the Finals and at a point, maybe  winning, but injuries and what seemed as a lack of want at times hindered the Bulls chances.

JimmyButler4Now, the Bulls look down a different alley. While looking at next season probably without former defensive player of the year Joakim Noah and two time NBA champion Pau Gasol, the Bulls will be looking to the young guys to step up.  With already Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, Nikola Mirotic, Cristiano Felicio, and now Robin Lopez on the roster, maybe look for the Bulls to sign one more big given that Mirotic plays a lot of SF.  But free agency doesn’t start until July 1st.  The Bulls had work to do and that was at the 2016 NBA Draft.

Jimmy Butler’s future was and might be still uncertain.  Butlers name came up a lot during the NBA draft, with a lot of teams calling to ask about the star guard from Marquette.  The Boston Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves were the most active teams trying to get a deal done for Butler. While the details of the Celtics talks were uncertain, the Timberwolves were very clear in what they were willing to give up.

Tom Thibodeau can be credited with Butlers rise to fame and then Bulter receiving a max contract, so a reunion is what Thibs was desperately trying for.   

But the Bulls are not rebuilding to that extent.  Gar Forman continues to downplay the rumors that Jimmy Butler was on the block and never made offers for the All-Star, just listened with no intent of moving him. The Timberwolves quest for him may still be going on, but the longer and longer it gets, the more the Bulls will not want to get rid of the Jordan brand player.

DenzelValentineWith the fourteenth pick in the 2016 NBA draft, the Chicago bulls selected Denzel Valentine from Michigan State University. A excited, established twenty-two year old shooter walked up on stage and couldn’t be more happy to join such a tradition of greatness in Chicago and cannot wait to get started. The 6’ 5” talented guard has a lot of potential and is a great pick for the Bulls. A knockdown shooter is just what the Bulls need as they start the process of building the team up again. The Duo of Jimmy and Valentine on the wing will be a sight to see and even when Doug McDermott is out there, two AP Players of the Year will be raining from downtown.

The Bulls will look very different next year, but it’s only the beginning of hopefully a long but major process, turnaround  in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls were first in average attendance last season with 21, 820.  The fan base is here.  Now, its up to the players, the front office, and more importantly Fred Hoiberg in his second year as head coach to start off the rebuilding process.

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