Should the Bulls trade Derrick Rose?

Should the Bulls trade Derrick Rose?
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If someone would have suggested trading Derrick Rose a year ago- even 6 months ago- they would have been tarred and feathered and then run out of town.

But that was before Derrick's big brother/agent Reggie bitched and moaned about the Bulls not making any deals at this season's trade deadline. And before Derrick took the unprecedented step of not coming back to play this season even though he was medically cleared to return from his ACL surgery in early March.

Now of course the Bulls' front office and players all gave the politically correct answers when asked about Rose, saying that they supported his decision 100%, and that they had no problem with him taking all the time he needed to get back out on the court.

But they had to be disappointed that he was medically cleared to play and was probably the healthiest guy on the roster. Joakim Noah played through plantar fasciitis. Taj Gibson was playing on a knee that was still sore from a sprained MCL he suffered in February.

All the word was that Rose was practicing at full speed and dominating, but he kept saying that he didn't feel comfortable getting back out and playing in actual games.

Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf- who has been mercilessly ripped for being cheap for several years- decided to let payroll get high enough that the team will be paying the NBA Luxury Tax for the first time ever. It doesn't take much of an imagination to think the Chairman was highly pissed off that his team had its highest payroll ever, and his number one player decided not to play even though he was medically cleared to do so.

Now of course Reinsdorf isn't crazy, he isn't going to bite off the hand that feeds him for no reason. And before Rose decided not to play this season, he was much too popular (as a Chicago boy) among Bulls fans to even consider trading him.

But now, from the message boards and blogs I read, a lot of Bulls fans are truly pissed off at Rose, many of them to the point that they wouldn't have a problem with trading him for the right player (or combination of players).

Obviously the Bulls would need to trade Rose for a point guard, since they are pretty well set at all the other positions. But there are very few point guards in the league who are in Rose's category as a player- which is why I'd put the odds of him getting traded at about 1 in 1,000,000.

But there is a chance, and if he were ever going to be traded, this is the summer when it would happen.



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    Don Ellis started covering sports professionally when he was 15. The same year (1980), as a student assistant at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon, IN, he was one of the first in the world to use, study and implement analytics in basketball. He attended Daytona State College and Ball State University, and some of his past credits include InsideHoops (NBA Runaround: The NBA According to Ellis) and ESPN Florida (The Florida Sports Reporters), where he was fortunate enough to work with many rising stars, including NFL Network's Dan Hellie, Redskins coach Jay Gruden, Magic radio and TV personality Dante Marchitelli, and WSB-TV (Atlanta) Sports Director Zach Klein. In addition to running the Bullsville blog and officiating basketball, baseball and football for the KHSAA, he is also a bass player and vocalist who writes and produces music in his spare time (you may remember his internet hit "I Hate Eddy Curry"). He's a 3rd-generation Cubs fan, a Bulls fan since the days of Van Lier and Sloan, and a life-long New England Patriots fan. He's seen Primus 9 times and thinks Les Claypool walks on water. By far his greatest accomplishment is being a father of three and grandfather of one.

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