Rose is the most important player in the Bulls' current and future plans. No matter how much the Bulls need him this season, his long-term health is more important.
Chicago needs to make sure Rose's knee is not only 100 percent healthy, but as good as it has ever been. He’s a player that relies on his explosiveness to elevate his game from good to great, so the health of the knee is undoubtedly paramount above anything else.
There's no reason to rush him back.
And even if the Bulls allow him to come back at the end of the year for the playoffs, all they would get is a rusty player who would mess with team chemistry.
There's no reason to do that.
The Bulls are good enough without Rose to make the playoffs.
Heck, with the way they play defense, they could even make some noise in the process.
They wouldn't be title contenders by any means, but allowing the team a season to fight together without its star could actually do it some good in the long run.
It would force players like Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng to step up and lead the team during Rose's absence. It could also allow a young player like Taj Gibson a chance to mature offensively.
Still, fans are wondering: “Is this guy crazy? We are title contenders with Rose."
But this just isn't true.
There is not enough help on the roster to allow Chicago to push past Miami or Boston.
Rose is the only real go-to scorer, and he has little to no shooting help on the outside.
It will be another offseason before the Bulls can clear the cap space to make a move for a complementary piece like James Harden.
Why not wait a season and allow Rose to fully recover in the process?
It would be best for his knee and his long-term health, and it would allow younger players on the roster to grow.
The move would be painful for a year, but it would pay major dividends in the future.
Which is why D Rose shouldn’t even see the court this season. It’s just not worth the risk.