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Top priority for Chicago Bulls: Ink Rose to new deal

Nov 30, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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Yes, the Bulls need to give some consideration to a two guard (Arron Afflalo is the perfect fit but Denver won’t let him go) and some depth up front.

But those are not the biggest priority.

Job No. 1 — keep Derrick Rose happy. He is the franchise cornerstone, the MVP, the guy who fills the seats and who sponsors pay to be associated with. He’s the meal ticket.

Which is why the Bulls are working on the framework for a new maximum extension for Rose, according to ESPNChicago.com.

Rose’s new deal will start at $17.4 million (next season), a figure he gets thanks to the “Derrick Rose” rule. As part of the new labor agreement, the rule lets rookies heading into their second contract who have made two All-NBA teams or won the MVP (as Rose did) get up to 30 percent of the salary cap (other rookies can get no more than 25 percent, meaning Rose gets about $3 million a year more).

Rose told CSNChicago.com he is flattered by and likes the rule. Ya think?

No real drama here, the Bulls will offer the deal and Rose will sign it. As it should be. There are a handful of cornerstone NBA players and when you have one you do whatever it takes to keep them.

  1. edmazeing1 - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Damn now Rose should be able to not only pay prostitutes what they ask for, but tip them to……. P.S if you dont belive me Google It!!!

    • donbp87 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      so i guess JFK was killed by aliens, i can Google that and find a dumb article

  2. zblott - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Give him that money, then he might finally have the incentive to work on his shot selection (FG% and eFG% dropping, especially in playoffs), turnover issues (A-TO rate is really bad for PG gotten worse from rookie season), and defensive malaise – things he apparently hasn’t felt the need to address in his 1st three years.

    • ander44 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      zblott you are a clown. Let me guess, Celts/Rondo fan?

      His defense was much improved.

      When you are scoring 7 more points and dishing 2 more assists a game naturally your TOs are going to increase.

      And yes he takes a lot of shots but I can’t recall any analyst or writer questioning his shot selection, if only because his supporting cast. You clearly aren’t watching any basketball.

      And to call into question Rose’s work ethic is absurd. I definitely cannot recall that ever being questions because its simply never happened. Get a clue you hack.

      • zblott - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:09 AM

        Does anyone look at facts anymore? Look at what the Bulls did well offensively as a team – only one thing: offensive rebounding, and they were great at it. How much of that are you putting on the PG? They were phenomenal at defense, especially defensive rebounding. Considering Rose was by far one of their least effective defenders and is a non-factor on the glass, I’m real curious how everyone then concludes he was carrying this team.

        Oh yeah, highlights. Thank god the refs got them past that flimsy Indy club in the playoffs or Rose’s really stupidly high amount of shots would have sank the #1 seed in round 1.

    • donbp87 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

      your an idiot, if you actually watch the game his jump shot has improved and HE WAS THE ONLY OFFENSE! Stats don’t can be misleading watch the game idiot.

      • zblott - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:21 AM

        And by “only offense” you mean the all-too-common situation where one player takes way too many shots–causing his own shot selection to get worse and others to not be as comfortable with the ball so they also get worse at shooting–so we just assume he’s getting no help. He shoots too much, especially on a team where virtually everyone has a better eFG%, a situation that was even more exaggerated during the playoffs.

        They’re called facts, people. They’re available to everyone and are allowed to be the basis for your opinions.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    In keeping with tradition, Rose will say he signed the contract, but in truth it will be signed on his behalf by someone much smarter.

  4. brooklynbulls - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Seriously? We’re talking about the youngest MVP in history, who is responsible for turning around a struggling Bulls franchise, leading them to the best record in the league last year and to the ECF and you guys are talking internet hooker rumors (how old r u anyway)? He has improvements to make like any other player or human. The man just turned 23 like 5 minutes ago. List your accomplishments after 23 years. Sitting here attacking his short-comings is not gonna make your life any better.

    • snoopy2014 - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      “List your accomplishments after 23 years.”

      1. Took the SAT on my own
      2. Passed the SAT on my own

      Sorry, too easy. I’m kidding. Rose is sick. Love his work ethic and demeanor. He’s been working on his jumpshot nonstop since he got into the league, and I expect it to get better. Gonna keep a close eye on the Bulls this year; if they’re healthy from the start and Thibs has the D back at the same level, they’re going to be scary.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 30, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      You think having someone else take your SAT is okay?

      • donbp87 - Nov 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

        is it that important to you? He has to play basket ball not be a rhodes scholar. So you have proven that D rose isn’t smart…….. So what!? If you can tell me that you have NEVER done something dishonest in your life then i take it all back but until the your a penis

      • brooklynbulls - Nov 30, 2011 at 9:28 PM

        If thats what u took from that, you’re more pathetic than I thought

  5. 40thstreetblack - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Well said BrooklynBulls, well said!

  6. chitownmatt - Nov 30, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Go Derrick Rose….

    Seriously, D-Rose and Bad-Blake are the two most “FUN-TO-WATCH” guys in the league right now.

    Fans BUY tickets to see THEM.

    They both deserve every penny they can get.

  7. trbowman - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    “keep Derrick Rose happy. He is the franchise cornerstone, the MVP, the guy who fills the seats and who sponsors pay to be associated with. He’s the meal ticket.”

    And he’s the player who wouldn’t have been in Chicago had the lottery not been fixed that year.

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