Woo them with a Rose

It’s no coincidence that the three biggest names in the free-agent sweepstakes of 2010 were also the biggest performers for the Eastern All-Stars at this year’s All-Star game in Dallas. It was the largest crowd on hand ever for a basketball game of any level at any time (over 108,000), with the biggest high-definition screen ever made hanging above it (I’d be watching that instead of the game itself), so what better place to pull out all the stops and practically scream “Get out your checkbook if you want me, (insert team name here)!”

With Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh scoring 28, 25 and 23 points, respectively, the Bulls got yet another glimpse of the enormous talent pool that has a select number of financially-prepared teams licking their chops.

And yet, what team – what person on the planet, for that matter – really needed this All-Star game to realize how much value Wade, Bosh, or James offer? None.

One could argue that this game was of greater importance to a player like Derrick Rose to perform well. Why? Not to prove that he’s an amazing point guard with lightning speed and jump shot accuracy that Rajon Rondo would sell his entire headband collection to possess. And not to prove that he means everything to the Bulls from a value and skill standpoint.

But if the Bulls are going to woo a big name, an eye-popping performance by Derrick Rose in a game of this magnitude certainly couldn’t have hurt. What better game – one in which you actually are a teammate – to show how good a teammate you could be?

As it stood, Rose finished the game with a respectable 4-of-8 shooting, with 8 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Not bad, especially considering he was limited to 15 minutes of playing time.  But given that the relaxed play of an All-Star game usually brings a bounty of steals (Wade alone had 5), Rose’s three loses it’s sheen. And next to Wade’s 11 assists, Rose’s 4 looks down-right dainty.

This isn’t to say that rose should have been one of the top performers at this year’s All-Star game. He’s still getting his bearings as a leader on his own team much less as a leader on a team of All-Stars.  But make no mistake, the best way to lure a superstar player to Chicago, or any team, is to make that player think he’s walking into a great situation with championship potential, while still feeling confident he will be the number one name on the marquis.  For this enormously visible game, a stronger showing by Rose, though not necessarily an MVP-winning one, would have been a nice jewel in the “Why to come to Chicago” crown.

In the end, the decisions of Wade, James and Bosh may all come down to dollar signs, but players do tend to have a canny sense of legacy as much as they do business.  Yes, the shadow of Michael, as discussed here on Friday, may turn away a player like LeBron, but that shadow has faded enough to be a minimal obstacle to the likes of Wade or Bosh.

It is the shadow of Rose, and how great a compliment he could be to an incoming star, that is more relevant than any these days.

21 Responses to Woo them with a Rose

  1. jake_vick@hotmail.com'
    Jake February 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm #


    1st, I was thinking the same thing last night when Rose came in the game, for the recruiting reasons.

    2nd, ESPN trade rumors has Tyrus to the Timberwolves possibly for Jefferson. I would pull this in a second. This probably would work if the Bulls send either Kirk or Salmons. Kirk would be more likely if the Bulls were going after 2 F.A, though I doubt that the T-wolves would want Kirk’s contract and probably would prefer Salmons. I still think a line up of Jefferson, Noah, Rose, Deng and Kirk still on the Bulls would be a great recruitng…especially for Wade or Joe Johnson….. Thoughts?

  2. zbhoosiers@gmail.com'
    Zack February 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    No way the Bulls take on Jefferson, he has too much money left on his contract. If they move TT to the Wolves, it involves one of the plethora of 1st round picks they have as well as an expiring contract or 2. I could see the Bulls trying to give up Kirk or Salmons in the trade as well.

  3. TexasBullsFan February 15, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Jefferson’s stats have slipped a little this year, but he’d still be a massive improvement over Tyrus. If we can trade Salmons and Tyrus for Jefferson it would be nearly criminal not to.

  4. jsteinmeyer11@gmail.com'
    Jonah February 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm #


    The Wolves are NOT looking to trade Jefferson for Thomas. The reports are that we (the Wolves) are looking to package a first rounder and maybe some expiring contracts for Thomas, and then move Jefferson for someone else, presumably a talented wing player, in the summer. The Wolves will not trade Jefferson before the trade deadline because David Kahn said so. Period. Oh and we don’t want neither Kirk nor Salmons. We are pretty well supplied with young talent at those positions. We need a small forward more than anything.

    A Deng and Thomas for Jefferson wouldn’t be a bad option but the contracts probably wouldn’t match up and even then, I still don’t think Kahn would pull the trigger.

    Sorry to burst your bubble of having a great “recruiting” line up.

  5. Ryan February 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    A bit worrisome seeing Wade and James playing like clockwork together – I really would hate to see a Miami team with 2 of the top 3 players in the world. I noticed Wade threw down the 2-handed back tap, very similar to many dunks we see Rose throw down… I got tingles thinking of a Wade/Rose backcourt.

  6. mikemayer3@hotmail.com'
    thirdsaint February 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    I haven’t seen Jefferson linked up at all in the Tyrus interest from the T-Wolves. They’d be stupid to do that move and I’d take it in a heartbeat.

    As for Rose, I didn’t get to see the game but from the box score I saw he had 1 less assist and 4 more points in 5 less minutes played than Rondo. That’s not too shabby considering most seem to put Rondo ahead of Rose. Personally, I think Rose is better and Rondo benefits more playing with that roster. They are different types of PG’s though so it’s nigh apples to oranges.

  7. Rijad Ljutic February 15, 2010 at 11:59 pm #


    Are the Bulls in the mix for A-Stoud? If not why. As you wrote earlier there is a chance that non of the superstars end up in Chicago and we overpay someone els. Why not try to trade for Amare then? If its true that Phoenix are waiting on Philly and a possible trade for Iggy, why don’t Chicago offer Deng + Salmons or Jeromes contract? I would do that in a second..

  8. PTFC February 16, 2010 at 3:13 am #

    It would have been nice for Rose to not have been still gimpy and had a more “spectacular” game. It could have only helped I guess. But at the end of the day guys like wade, lebron, and bosh already have so many reasons of what situation and team they would want to go to next season (including re-signing with their current teams) that it wouldn’t have made much difference. These guys know Derrick’s stats, these guys watch sportcenter and see the Rose highlights (alley oops and dunking on people), these guys saw Rose go off in the record breaking west coast road trip. And these guys have the rest of the season and the playoffs (playoffs especially where everyone is paying attention) to be “impressed” by Rose. I would say a strong showing individually (Rose) and a team (Bulls) in the post season is more influential and critical.

  9. Luis Rivera February 16, 2010 at 3:50 am #

    Dwyane Wade is talking about staying in Miami, but he also wants Bosh to join him. I think the Bulls should get Bosh and watch Wade suffer knowing he’s stuck on the sinking ship called the Miami Heat.

  10. RB February 16, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Why hasn’t anyone thought about sending Kirk to Sacramento for Kevin Martin. Now that they have Evans, who is basically a shooting guard, Martin is dispensable. They get a decent point guard they need and we get a decent shooting guard we need. The only reason I wouldn’t do this is because Martin is injured all the time.

  11. josh February 16, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    ? does anybody like this starting five


  12. RB February 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    What about Hinrich to the Kings for Martin? They basically have two shooting guards in Martin and Evans and we basically have two point guards. It would be a perfect swap since I believe their salaries are about equal and the trade would fulfill needs for both teams. On the other hand, Martin is always injured so I dunno…

  13. RB February 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Oops, sorry for the double post. It didn’t show up the first time

  14. bulls fan in alaska February 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    i saw the t-wolves wanting L. Deng and tyrus, i make that trade in a second i know it would hurt losing deng, but Rose is our future and to be able to get rid of that huge contract and bring jefferson a proven young low post player aside a hustling quickly devloping young center in noah, Rose capt kirk salmons jefferson noah, making this trade would allow james johnson to satrt growing build our bench next year keeping capt kirk can play both guard postion and bring in a joe johnson or d wade you can’t touch that

  15. emceemarshall@gmail.com'
    begreezy February 17, 2010 at 3:04 am #


    I would pee myself if Al Jefferson came to Chicago … would have to be a lot involved, or so I would assume. I don’t see it happening though. Would be great though!

  16. sportytomboy1212@aim.com'
    DJ February 17, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    I also agree with thirdsaint, I don’t see this trade happening with the T-Wolves and Bulls. 1st of all Al Jefferson is too slow and does not fit in well with D. Rose system. The only PF players that I can see fitting in well with D. Rose is: D. Lee, C. Bosh or A. Stoudemire but, I doubt that any of these players will be moving before the deadline. The only way I can see the Bulls picks up any of these great PF players is by waiting until they become free-agents this summer.

    Meanwhile the Bulls should focus on trading: J. Salmons, Tyrus Thomas and their 1st or 2nd round draft pick for: Al Harrington and Wilson Chandler so they make a strong playoff run and to free up more money in order to get 1 All Star player like: D. Lee or C. Bosh and to 1 semi Star player like: SF-Rudy Gay, SG-Eric Gordon, C-Channing Frye or others.

  17. mears54321@yahoo.com'
    chad February 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    The only free agent who is fast and cheap and fits in with Rose is Tyrus.

  18. sportytomboy1212@aim.com'
    DJ February 18, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    Yah, that is so true chad when Tyrus Thomas can’t even score off the passes from D. Rose.

  19. sportytomboy1212@aim.com'
    DJ February 18, 2010 at 2:47 am #

    Like I said before you Tyrus Thomas Bulls fans, what is the point of keep Tyrus Thomas? When the Bulls have Taj Gibson who plays like him but, even better on offense and defense. HELLO! wouldn’t you people want someone better then Tyrus Thomas like Chris Bosh or David Lee to replace him?

  20. sportytomboy1212@aim.com'
    DJ February 18, 2010 at 2:48 am #

    Plus Taj Gibson is even more cheaper then Tyrus Thomas


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