According to the NY Daily News, a source we may want to take with a few rather large grains of salt, Derrick Rose doesn't want to go through a rebuilding effort.
Rose has told several confidantes that he is worried that the Bulls will start to let the team hit the skids by allowing key players to leave via free agency, forcing him to go through a rebuilding program that he wants no part of.
My first reaction, probably wasn't all that fair, but I'll be honest.
First thought? STFU Derrick. Of course, there's anger when Rose says he doesn't want to go through a rebuilding, but the Bulls built a core to last four or so seasons and we've lost three of them to Rose knee injuries.
That said, it's not Derrick Rose's fault or desire to have his knee hurt. I'm sure Derrick Rose wishes his knee was healthy a hell of a lot more than I wish his knee was healthy.
Second thought? STFU Derrick. You're the one who just recently went on AGAIN about how you don't want to recruit players. You'll play with anyone, but you don't want to have any part of bringing good players here. Well if you don't, then keep your mouth shut.
Final thought? Oh yeah, it's the NY Daily news and Rose's mouth is shut. Sure, maybe Derrick told some friends he doesn't want to go through a rebuild. Maybe Reggie Rose is talking to the press again, who knows. What I do know is this. No star player wants to go through a rebuild.
Of course Rose wants to keep a high talent base in Chicago. Of course he wants to compete for the title. Of course he'll be upset if the team falls apart. Well, that's likely to happen regardless of what he wants, which is why the Bulls best hope to make the rebuild as fast as possible. Losing big this season would certainly help considerably in that effort.
No, Derrick's thoughts aren't unreasonable. He's not voicing them loudly or being malcontent about it if he said anything at all. His view is the natural view probably anyone in his position would have. It's easy to get angry over because we're still dealing with the hurt of this lost season. A hurt that Rose certainly feels far more acutely than any of the fans.
Either way, the situation is worth monitoring for Chicago. They're going to need to keep a balancing act going of trying to maintain a high talent level while keeping enough flexibility to afford what they have. It's not an easy position Chicago will be in, and Rose's high salary isn't helping them any.
That said, Rose also needs to be careful.
He owes the Bulls his best and until he's able to give it to them he might want to keep those complaints on the down low. Right now, though through no fault of his own, Rose has let the Bulls down a hell of a lot more than they've let him down.