After the latest Derrick Rose injury – and the possibility of another season lost – the Chicago Bulls organization have a few things they need to answer to their fan base.
First, what is the immediate plan if in fact Rose is lost for the season (we’ll probably find out sometime today, if he is). Second, if this season is a lost one, what do they do with the current structure of their team? And finally, how can “we” decipher from what needs to be done to not overreacting?
Especially with a fan base that is, likely, going about to go through back-to-back “wasted seasons”.
Do they “blow it up”, and by that I mean really blow things up – trading Joakim Noah for a high (perhaps lottery) draft pick, trying to find a team to dump Carlos Boozer’s contract and, finally, trading Luol Deng.
The two formers may be tough and a bit of a stretch, but the latter seems like a possibility. I mean, he’s been in trade rumors before and a contending team would be very interested in adding a nice wing defender like Deng. It could happen, if the Bulls want it to happen.
Knowing Rose would return, management kept the 2013-14 Bulls intact for one, final championship run. Whether the reshaping of the roster, widely assumed to transpire next summer, will be accelerated could depend on for how long Rose is sidelined.
If Rose misses the remainder of the season, attempts to trade Luol Deng, who can walk as an unrestricted free agent next summer, could be accelerated.
IF Rose elects the more elaborate type of surgery (a re-attachment of his medial meniscus, which he’s reportedly leaning towards), it’s likely that he’ll miss most of this season, if not all of it. In that case, and only in that case, should the Bulls take the next step in trying to trade Deng and/or the other options. It only makes sense to try and get something before Deng hits the open market – there’s no guarantee that he was going to stay even if Rose stayed healthy throughout the year.
Again, nothing needs to be done right now. All this is dependent on which road Rose elects to take, or which road his doctors advise him to take. At the end of the day, nothing beats a healthy Rose. That should be the Bulls top priority.
The more information we have, the more we’ll speculate. But you have to wonder, is it time for the Bulls to move on from this current roster? Deng? Maybe. Noah? Possibly. Boozer? If possible at all, YES.
Now we wait.