Even former MVPs can't escape the NBA rumor mill.
Derrick Rose is a three-time All-Star and won the league's MVP award as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 2011, but his tenure in the Windy City could be coming to a premature end, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst:
Rose still has two years remaining on his contract and is owed a little over $41 million before it expires. Let's take a look at what could happen in the future with Rose, as well as potential trade talks regarding two-time NBA champion Mario Chalmers:
Rose to Philadelphia Would be a Risk
Rose has been a superstar in his career, averaging 20.2 points, 6.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. He's also been constantly injured. The former Memphis Tiger missed the entire 2012-13 season due to a knee injury he suffered in the 2012 playoffs and averaged just 33 games per year between the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons.
He's played in all six of Chicago's games this year but is averaging a career-low 13.3 points. Any team willing to take him on would be going out on a limb. According to John Smallwood of Philly.com, the Philadelphia 76ers would be the perfect team to do so:
Being bold sometimes requires taking calculated risks that could reap huge dividends. The Sixers are in perfect position to take such a risk. Because [president and general manager Sam] Hinkie has stripped the cupboard practically bare, the Sixers now have 10 first-round picks and 13 second-round picks through 2021.
Smallwood makes a good point. The Sixers have a lot to trade, but is it worth relying on another oft-injured player?
Philadelphia selected Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky with the sixth-overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft, despite the fact he tore his ACL in college. Noel missed the entire 2013-14 NBA season. The next year the Sixers took center Joel Embiid of Kansas with the third-overall pick, and he has yet to step on the floor for a regular-season game due to injuries.
Noel did play last year and is averaging a double-double so far this season, so the pick was not a bust. Embiid's college career was cut short due to a back injury, and he broke his foot twice since being drafted. Injuries are always a risk, and Rose certainly would be a huge one.
However, as Smallwood points out, if the Sixers' core were to get healthy and Rose came to town playing like he did in 2011, Philly has the makings of a very good basketball team:
In the Sixers' quest to find that elusive game-changing superstar, Rose could become their Excalibur or Holy Grail. Add Rose to a young core of Noel, Jahlil Okafor and off-guard Nik Stauskas and suddenly the Sixers aren't a laughingstock. With Rose as the established anchor, the hopeful arrivals of Embiid and forward Dario Saric and another lottery pick, Philadelphia becomes a lot more attractive to potential impact free agents.
It's certainly possible that's true, but a ton would need to fall in to place for that to work out, including Rose regaining his old form. That's not likely after so many injuries. It would be best for Philadelphia to hold off on Rose and construct a team with the massive selection of draft picks it has built up.
It wouldn't hurt to unload some for a proven veteran who has stayed healthy, but the risk for Rose is just too high. That is an issue the Bulls are going to run in to no matter where they might look to send him.
Chalmers Dealing With Trade Rumors
The former starting point guard for the Miami Heat has been dealing with rumors this week that he may be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, per ESPN's Marc Stein:
Chalmers, who won two championships during LeBron James' tenure in Miami as the starting point guard, was moved to the bench in February last season when the team traded for Goran Dragic. He is averaging just 19 minutes per game so far this season and sat out the Heat's Nov. 5 contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves to rest a sore knee.
Two days earlier Chalmers rode in an ambulance to accompany teammate Gerald Green who was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious and bleeding near his condo.
It's been a rough week for the point guard. It's clear from a Nov. 6 Instagram post, Chalmers is reflecting on what has taken place the past three or four days.
A trade to Memphis, that could include the Grizzlies sending backup point guard Beno Udrih to Miami, could be in the future for Chalmers. However, don't count on that sooner than later.
The Green situation was a serious one, and it clearly took a toll on Chalmers, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Unless Chalmers had made it clear to Heat brass he wants out, there isn't a huge upside in trading him now, especially while he deals with an injury and an off-the-court issue. If the Heat wait until the February trade deadline, there may be more teams interested in his services.