Derrick Rose is officially on the 19 man roster for team USA which is great news for Bulls fans. Practicing against the best in the league will be good practice for him and help him find his rhythm prior to training camp which should help him get off to a better start this season.
Derrick struggled once the NBA season kicked off last year and was just starting to find his form when the meniscus injury struck. Hopefully some time with team USA will allow him to get better faster and start the season strong.
That said, after three playoffs without Rose, what's far more important is whether he can finish the season strong and be available when Bulls fans want him most. I like the move for Derrick though and hope he can make the cut for the team. Russell Westbrook won't be participating so Rose's odds will be a bit better.
He'll likely have to beat out one of Lillard, Irving, or Curry in order to make the squad. All three are superior shooters (presuming Rose hasn't massively improved his shot) which is awfully important in the international game, and none of the three will be coming off of major injury either.
If Rose can't make the cut, it will show just how rusty he is. Bulls fans hope to see Rose return to the elite ranks of the NBA, so beating out one of three PGs which doesn't even include Chris Paul should be a reasonable task if he's fully healthy and fully ready, however being out of the sport for so long may make him rusty enough that it's a daunting task.
Bulls gave up two 2nds and cash to dump Anthony Randolph
So the price was absurdly high and not high at all depending on how you want to look at it.
Randolph only made 1.8 million, and honestly, I'd have been more than willing to take a flyer on him at that price anyway. For that reason alone I thought the Bulls would find someone who'd take them off their hands fairly cheaply. The Raptors dumped Steve Novak for a single second rounder and he was owed over seven million.
Randolph was owed less than one million over the vet minimum, and there were a slew of teams with cap room. It shows just how toxic the guy is that it took two second and cash to convince Orlando to do the deed.
That said, the Bulls clearly emptied the phone book trying to get rid of him, and Denver obviously knew this ahead of time or wouldn't have fought so hard to get him onto the Bulls in the first place.
Now all that said, while the price seems high for the service rendered, it's only because the service was small. The picks given up were the Bulls 2nd rounder and the Blazers 2nd rounder, neither pick projects to be particularly worthwhile next season.
Once second rounders get past pick #40 the hit rate on them drops considerably, and both of these picks should be closer to 50 where hits in the second round are extremely rare. Some have made the claim that now Doug McDermott better be a real bad ass because the Bulls gave up so much to get him.
Well, I certainly hope he's a bad ass, but throwing in a bunch of late second round picks doesn't mean a whole lot to me one way or the other. The guys taken with these selections so rarely pan out that I'd never hold up a move over the inclusion of one.
The Bulls presumably had to make this move to free up room for contracts already agreed to in principle but not signed (Mirotic/Gasol), and it will not open up cap room for other moves. I don't know this officially, but it stands to reason the Bulls wouldn't dump cash and two second rounders for enough cap room to sign a 1.8 million dollar player vs a vet min player.
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