According to Stan Van Gundy that might be the case as he discussed on a radio interview in Orlando.
Quotes picked from Nick Friedell's piece.
Van Gundy said on AM-740's "The Game" in Orlando. "I think Derrick Rose is a great, great representative of our league, and he's a great player. And he's got good players around him, very good players around him, but if (the Bulls) can't get another star there for him is he eventually going to look around and say, 'Hey, I've got to work this out on my own and I've got to find somehow to get somewhere else so that I will have a chance to play with another star.' The league has changed."
"The league has changed," Van Gundy said. "It used to be the stars wanted to sort of have their own team, they certainly wanted good players around them, but now everything's changed. I think it started with the Celtics, bringing (Kevin) Garnett, (Paul) Pierce and (Ray) Allen together and everybody saw that and decided, 'Look, this is the only way we're going to win.'
"I think sometimes the players get sort of chastised for that, but if you're a LeBron James and you're looking at (the situation) you might want to win it in Cleveland, you might want to lead your own franchise, same with Dwight Howard, but you're looking around."
"Chris Paul I think went through the same thing," Van Gundy said. You're looking around and you see Boston and you're saying, 'I'm not going to be able to do this alone. I got to find a way, somehow, where I can get with a couple of other true stars. Not just good players, but true stars.'
"And so then LeBron goes to Miami and Chris Paul takes off and goes to the Clippers, which isn't going to be enough for him, I don't think. And so if you're Dwight, you're looking around and saying, 'I got to get somewhere where there's more people somehow.' Either they've got to come here, which if you don't have a way to do that then you've got to go somewhere else."
It's hard to disagree with Stan here. Players these days will give a team their rookie deal and one extension to get things right, but if they don't have the players to get something serious done by then, for the most part, they're looking to switch teams. In the Bulls case, they have five more years to prove to Derrick they can get something done.
However, when looking at this off-season with the lack of extensions for Thibodeau and Gibson while shipping quality players out of town for less quality players, it's easy to see where things may not sit well with Rose. If the Bulls are truly prepping for 2014, then they'd better be prepared to make 2014 work.
Rose has never come off as a guy who would leave. He's never given any hint of being unhappy. Of any star, I think he'd probably be more likely to stick it out than the next guy. That said, he also desperately wants to win, and if the Bulls don't get something done by 2017, they'll have had nine years to give it a shot. At that point, no one's going to blame him for trying to figure it out somewhere else.
Of course, that still gives the Bulls five more seasons.