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Bulls' Derrick Rose not concerned about ankle injury

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Bulls' Derrick Rose not concerned about ankle injury

Derrick Rose limped through the locker room after the Bulls’ 96-95 win over the Indiana Pacers and issued some truth-soaked statements that should quell the near-panic birthed from his awkward step that resulted in a left ankle sprain.

"(It feels) like an ankle sprain,” Rose said, laughing. “It’s throbbing a little bit, but that’s not out of the norm.”

Before his debilitating knee injuries, the one injury Rose was familiar with was ankle sprains back from his days as a youth growing up in Chicago.

So despite his going to the locker room with five minutes remaining, albeit under his own power, he wasn’t thinking doom and gloom as he sat watching the remainder of the Bulls’ late win.

“I believe in my teammates, we believe in one another,” Rose said. “I felt like I couldn’t go out there, and I felt like they could finish the game.”

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He chuckled when he was asked if he should be in a walking boot, brushing it off playfully. Though he wouldn’t commit to a status for the upcoming three-game Western Conference road trip, it doesn’t appear likely he’ll miss any time.

“That’s too far ahead,” Rose said. “Right now I just need to get treatment, put some ice on it for a little bit. After this, just get off my feet and put more ice on it.”

Then came his most telling statement: “What I went through, all I’ve been through, just me playing and doing all I have to do, of course my ankle is a bit sore. I’m just happy nothing is broken, nothing is torn.”

Rose was driving baseline and was then fouled by Ellis before coming up lame, saying, “Just trying to avoid going out of bounds and stepped too short and twisted it a bit.”

He tried to stay in the game on the next two possessions before being subbed out, but he was clearly hobbling.

“It’s an ankle sprain, and he was limping around in the locker room,” said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, who’s gotten an early indoctrination to Rose’s various ailments. “We don’t know how severe it is. We will find out more tonight.”

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The information the Bulls received before the injury had to encourage them. Yes, he’s still dealing with the double vision that could last another month, but he put together an efficient offensive performance, scoring 23 points with six assists and no turnovers in 33 minutes.

He made both of his 3-point attempts after coming in making just one of his first 18 on the season. He shot better than 50 percent for the first time this season, and played aggressively without having to see LeBron James or Russell Westbrook on the other side.

“His shot was really good, he has been putting his work in, not only in practice but coming in late to work on his shot,” Hoiberg said. “His tempo was really good. You could tell that first 3 was going in as soon as it left his hands. He will keep getting in better shape.”

Rose is finding spots on the floor where the double-vision won’t affect him as much, driving mid-range to create angles where he can use the glass for jumpers — a habit he seemed to start in last spring’s playoffs, but now it’s clear he wants to use it much more.

“It’s an easy shot. They’re giving me the shot,” Rose said. “I think I shoot it off the glass pretty good. Any opportunity I get, I’m gonna continue to shoot it off the glass.”

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He found himself more inside the trees defensively as opposed to waiting for the outlet pass, which could be another factor in playing faster.

“All that’s coach Fred. He wants me to rebound the ball inside,” Rose said. “It’s kinda like (Jason Kidd) back when he was playing, he could get it and go. It’s hard when you have a point guard or anyone that can push the ball off a rebound because your defense isn’t set. You can score a couple points easy.”

He wasn’t much in the mood to talk about his performance in the abstract, not because he was down about the injury but due to wanting to keep looking forward, moving forward, double vision be damned, and that damn limp be damned, too.

“I’m able to walk on it, that’s a good thing. I’ll go see what (the training staff is) talking about in a little bit,” Rose said. “I’m used to it. It’s not like it’s a crazy injury or something that’s out of the norm. It’s just an ankle injury, and I should be out there.”

Bulls not a part of Anthony Davis-to-the-Lakers trade, but it could have an effect on the draft

Bulls not a part of Anthony Davis-to-the-Lakers trade, but it could have an effect on the draft

Farewell, Lonzo Ball-to-the-Bulls rumors.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday evening that the Los Angeles Lakers have finally acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, and the deal doesn't include a third team.

In exchange for Davis, a six-time All-Star about to enter his prime, the Pelicans recieved Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and three first round picks, including the No. 4 pick in next week's NBA Draft.

There was some speculation - also reported by Woj - that a third team would need to get involved in order to satisfy what Pelicans GM David Griffin was looking for in a package for Davis.

Though the Bulls were never directly connected in reports as a potential third team, it made sense considering they own the No. 7 pick and have a need at point guard.

There was also some speculation - though, again, never concrete news or reports - that Zach LaVine could have been an option in a deal, with the Bulls acquiring the No. 4 pick.

Alas, the Bulls aren't part of the deal. But it still may have an effect on them.

The Pelicans now own the Nos. 1 and 4 picks in next week's draft. They're obviously going to take Duke forward Zion Williamson with the first pick but now have options at No. 4. Whereas the Lakers had been linked to Vanderbilt poing guard Darius Garland, the Pelicans really don't have a need there with Ball and Jrue Holiday in the backcourt.

That, in theory, could bump Garland down to No. 6 and the Phoenix Suns, which would then free up the Bulls to take North Carolina's Coby White at No. 7.

Wojnarowski also reported that teams are still inquiring about the No. 4 pick from the Pelicans. It's unlikely the Bulls would depart with LaVine though maybe they could put together some sort of package to move up from No. 7.

What's more likely is the Bulls keep their assets intact in such a weak draft class and move forward with the best player available on the board at No. 7.

But it's officially Woj Bomb season, so buckle up. As is the case every NBA offseason, anything can and will happen.

NBC Sports Boston's Trade Bot comes up with Kris Dunn-Terry Rozier trade

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NBC Sports Boston's Trade Bot comes up with Kris Dunn-Terry Rozier trade

The NBA landscape is getting ready to undergo a dramatic makeover this offseason, with the vast number of free agents and the volatility of the 2019 draft class. While the Bulls and Boston Celtics are two teams that could have much different views of success next season, they also could be ideal trade partners. Our partners at NBC Sports Boston laid out an intriguing trade offer that certainly got Celtics fans talking.

The NBC Sports Boston “Trade Bot 3000” came up with a scenario in which Danny Ainge targets Bulls guard Kris Dunn.

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This does not come as a huge shock, as GM Danny Ainge has had a liking for Dunn’s game dating back to the 2016 NBA Draft, when he reportedly almost traded then-Celtic Isaiah Thomas fior a lottery pick to select Dunn. Of course since then things have changed quite a bit, as Dunn has failed to develop into a real threat from the perimeter and his great defensive effort has been dragged down by foul troubles (4.3 fouls per 36 minutes).

NBC Sports Boston’s Trade Bot pointed out that Boston would be receiving the New London, Connecticut native with a full season before he is set to hit restricted free agency (2020-21). Dunn’s team-friendly contract would make sense for a Celtics team that is unlikely to have any functional cap space this offseason. And even in the event that the Celtics do create near max cap space, that would likely mean that guards Terry Rozier and Kyrie Irving are no longer on the roster.

Dunn would be a solid option as a starter or backup guard for a new-look Celtics squad that would be built around feeding Jayson Tatum plenty of looks, much more than the 13.1 field goal attempts per game that he averaged over the 2018-19 season. Dunn’s usage rate dropped a significant amount last season and his offensive rating improved as a result of him using less possessions. I would expect that trend to continue under Brad Stevens, who would find more creative ways to keep Dunn involved on offense.

It is simple to see how the trade would be appealing from the Bulls perspective. Though incredibly similar prospects, Rozier presents a greater threat from the 3-point line as compared to Dunn.

He is by no means a knockdown shooter, but the fact that “Scary Terry” has taken 6.3 attempts from 3-point range per 36 minutes (for his career per Basketball-Reference)  definitely matters.

Defenses will have to account for Rozier when he is on the floor, making him a nice partner for LaVine on the offensive end of the floor. But again, Rozier would not be a savior at the PG position. He has many of the same flaws as Dunn, such as generating a tremendously low amount of free throw attempts. As we all know, a fresh start can do wonders for a young player and a trade of this nature would allow the Bulls to add Rozier, while giving him the true maximum salary that only the Celtics would be able to offer.

To make matters even better for Chicago, the Bulls would be collecting a second round pick as well for swapping a player on a rookie deal for a player who is due for a significant raise. One last interesting nugget on a possible Dunn-for-Rozier trade is that the two guards are actually one day apart age-wise. They are at a similar stage in their careers/development, to the point where it would be tough to say which team won the trade.

Let us know how you would feel about NBC Sports Boston Trade Bot’s Dunn-for-Rozier swap at @BullsTalk!