Could a Derrick Rose return to the Bulls be a reality next season? Rose’s agent (and former Bull) BJ Armstrong hinted at nothing being off the table.
On Tuesday, in an interview on 670 The Score, Armstrong stated, “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.....certainly we'd be open to that conversation.”
Over 51 games in the 2018-19 season, Rose averaged 18.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.3 APG and shot a career-best 37.0 percent from the 3-point line.
Armstrong was on the latest episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast, and said “Never say never.....that would be an incredible ending,” to the idea of Rose coming back to play for his hometown team.
Rose’s production this year certainly indicated that he can still produce at a high level in the right role, and the Bulls have publicly talked about still evaluating the point guard position on their roster.
Kris Dunn (11.3 PPG, 6.0 APG) has been solid but the improvement in his 3-point percentage has come while attempting 38 less 3-pointers than last season.
Ryan Arcidiacono and to a lesser extent, Walt Lemon Jr. have shown enough positives that indicate they are capable of being solid rotation guards. But all that being said, it is no doubt that Rose would be a welcome addition and huge boon to the Bulls backcourt.
The Bulls are slotted into the 4th spot in the NBA Draft lottery, and on May 14 will have a much better idea of if they will be able to address their point guard need on draft night. That will play as much of a role as anything in whether or not a Rose-Bulls reunion is on the table.
To hear more of Armstrong’s words on Rose’s bounceback season in Minnesota and the possibility of returning to the Bulls, you can check out the latest Bulls Talk Podcast here or below.