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.