Chicago Bulls Won't Redo Roster Around Derrick Rose

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistNovember 27, 2013

Nov 21, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite another lost season for former MVP Derrick Rose (torn meniscus), the Chicago Bulls aren't interested in taking on a reclamation project with their roster.

Not yet, at least.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman told ESPN Chicago's Melissa Isaacson that the franchise's thoughts are very much focused on the present. A present that he can't see including the dramatic changes that some have predicted:

This just happened. It's too early to start to go down that road. From an organizational standpoint, our front office, not just this year but every year, we always evaluate our team, where we're at, how we can get better. ...

We're not going to make rash decisions. We feel we have a bright future ahead and we're positioned well. We have good players in their 20s, Derrick is going to come back, we're positioned well with draft picks into the future and we have some level of flexibility which we haven't had under this new CBA.

Forman's sentiment isn't hard to follow.

The Bulls carried championship hopes into the 2013-14 season. While those lofty goals undoubtedly had plenty to do with Rose's return—the three-time All-Star missed the entire 2012-13 campaign while recovering from a torn ACL—it does seem a bit premature to scrap them entirely.

Then again, this is a forward-thinking league. Once title thoughts have lost their realism, teams can ill afford to focus on a mediocre present at the future's expense.

Forman did have the foresight, though, to leave his franchise with an out. Notice how he didn't rule out a rebuild; he simply said that radical changes won't happen yet.

In other words, Rose might not recognize all of the faces around him the next time he steps out on the floor:

Chicago has choices to make.

Luol Deng will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Carlos Boozer—and the $16.8 million he's owed for next season—could be a victim of the amnesty clause. Former first-round pick Nikola Mirotic (23rd overall in 2011) has been making major noise overseas (see: Euroleague MVP for the month of October) and is a buyout away from coming stateside.

So just because the Bulls are taking their time now, that shouldn't be construed as a sign that actions won't be coming at some point. As B/R featured columnist Adam Fromal noted, Chicago could be best served by waiting until the 2015 offseason to really pursue a superstar running mate for Rose.

Rose's injury and the deflating sense of loss that accompanied it were sudden. Don't expect Chicago's reactionary moves to match that tempo.