Agent: Derrick Rose Open To Return To Bulls

Rose will be a free agent in July.

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April 09, 2019 - 10:49 am
Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose

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(670 The Score) Former Bulls star Derrick Rose would be open to returning to the organization, his agent, B.J. Armstrong, said in an interview on 670 The Score on Tuesday morning.

Rose is set to become a free agent in July after averaging 18.0 points and 4.3 assists in 27.3 minutes across 51 games for the Timberwolves this season, one that has ended for him after surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in March.

"We want to look at everything," Armstrong said. "We want look at the situation. Obviously, there's been a lot of talk about the Kevin Durants of the world and the Kyrie Irvings. There isn't a situation that we would not look at, because you know Derrick is still a very capable player. We'll see what the Bulls have. There's no secret, there's no doubt in his heart that Chicago will always be there. But we'll see. I don't know what the Bulls are going to do at this particular time. I think it's a little early in the process, but if presented itself, certainly we'd be open to that conversation. But we'll find out in due time."

Rose continues to hold a strong relationship with the Bulls organization, including chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, but a reunion appears to be unlikely at this point. The Bulls have made no indications publicly or privately at this time that Rose is on their radar in free agency. They are in need of a point guard after Kris Dunn's uneven play in 2018-'19.

Rose spent the first eight years of his professional career with the Bulls, earning All-Star honors three times and winning the MVP award in 2011. He was traded to the Knicks in June 2016.

Whatever lies ahead, Rose will always hold fond memories of Chicago.

"A lot was played out," Armstrong said. "Obviously, we all saw the time that he was here. Derrick is Chicago through and through. Let's make that very clear. He grew up here. He loves Chicago. He has the greatest memories of what he was able to achieve here, because he was able to do it literally in front of his hometown. So we always talk about it, we joke about it because he had something here that he wanted to finish, which was to bring a championship here. That was his goal then. And you know he got injured. Injuries are a part of the game. But he has the fondest memories here. He has great friends here. His family is still here. And obviously the relationships that he has with the people here in Chicago, the Bulls, the fans and all his friends and family. It was great memories. Unfortunately, he got hurt. But as you said, life moves on and he was able to continue to move on."

Listen to Armstrong's full interview below, as he also discusses the new documentary on Rose by Stadium called "Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story."