Derrick Rose
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Derrick Rose could be on his way to return to the Chicago Bulls this offseason, as the veteran guard is entering free agency after an astounding year in New York.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, there is strong indication that Rose and the Bulls have mutual interest in working together again.

A potential deal with Rose will not change Chicago’s plan to sign New Orleans Pelicans’ guard Lonzo Ball, who is a restricted free agent this summer.

“Regardless of that outcome (with Ball), there are strong indications from league sources that mutual interest exists between Derrick Rose and his storied hometown franchise,” Fischer reports”… It’s unclear how Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau can stand in the way of the Bulls’ potential advances, and Chicago will need to shed contracts to bring on two ball-handlers at such expected salaries.”

Rose was the league MVP with Chicago in 2011, but injuries derailed his career shortly thereafter. He suffered a torn ACL in 2012 and has not returned to All-Star form since.

However, Rose showed that he could be a quality player off the bench, averaging 14.7 points per game this past season with the Knicks and the Pistons.

The Bulls will likely search for more than one quality guard, as they are hoping to make a playoff push with the Zach LaVine-Nikola Vucevic tandem the upcoming season.