Derrick Rose was on the Chicago Bulls’ radar this offseason after posting one of his most successful seasons in years with the New York Knicks.
The former superstar averaged a critical 14.9 points and 4.2 assists per game over his 35 games played with New York, ultimately helping the franchise lock in a No. 4 seed and their first playoff appearance since 2013. Earlier this summer, we got word that Rose and the Bulls shared a mutual interest in a possible reunion. Rose needed a new long-term contract, and the Bulls needed to bolster their point guard depth. But how strong truly was that interest?
According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, the Chicago Bulls did make Rose an offer, but it paled in comparison to what the Knicks were ready to fork over.
Knicks announce Derrick Rose signing. In a statement, president Leon Rose called Derrick “an extension of coach Thibodeau on court.” Bulls made an offer and Derrick had interest coming home but Knicks blew it away, per source.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) August 18, 2021
Rose ended up signing a three-year, $43 million deal to stay with the Knicks and former head coach Tom Thibodeau. The deal felt pretty significant for a backup point guard, especially considering New York saw strong play from youngster Immanuel Quickley last season and traded for Kemba Walker this Summer.
One has to wonder what that contract offer from Chicago to Rose looked like. Alex Caruso ended up signing a four-year $37 million deal with the final year only partially guaranteed for $3 million. Is that the deal the Bulls offered Rose? If I had to guess, it was probably quite a bit less, especially if Berman said the Knicks “blew it away.” A $14.3 million AAV might be a good chunk better than a $9.25 AAV, but Rose would have at least gotten an extra year of security on that Caruso contract, which could have made it all the more enticing (Rose’s third year in New York is a team option).
Regardless of the terms, Rose decided to stay in New York, and I think that is the best choice for both parties. Caruso fills a greater need for this Bulls team moving forward, and the Bulls also got to spend quite a bit less over the next couple of years to fill that need. Works for me!