"I think we're going to look at everything, we want to look at the situation. There isn't a situation we would not look at because Derrick is still a very capable player. We'll see what the Bulls have. There's no secret, there's no doubt that in his heart, Chicago will always be there. We'll see. I don't know what the Bulls are going to do at this particular time. ... If it presented itself, we'd be open to that conversation. We'll find out in due time."
Rose hasn't played since the Minnesota Timberwolves' 103-92 win over the New York Knicks on March 10. The team announced March 23 he had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow and would be out indefinitely.
Before his elbow injury, Rose enjoyed a bounce-back 2018-19 season. He averaged 18.0 points and 4.3 assists while shooting a career-high 37.0 percent from beyond the arc.
The 30-year-old spent his first eight seasons with the Bulls. During his tenure with the team, Chicago reached the playoffs seven times, going as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011.
Returning to the Bulls would be a nice story but wouldn't make much sense given where they're at as a franchise.
Chicago is 22-58 with two games left in the regular season and likely another year or two from seriously challenging for the playoffs—even in the weaker Eastern Conference.
One could reasonably question whether Kris Dunn or Ryan Arcidiacono is the long-term answer at point guard. Dunn, in particular, has received ample time to prove himself as a starting-caliber NBA point guard, only to fall short of expectations.
Assuming they aren't sold on their current situation, the Bulls would be better off targeting a point guard in the draft rather than signing Rose. Whatever contributions he'd provide would do little in the grand scheme of things.
And after watching the homecomings of Dwyane Wade and Jabari Parker fail spectacularly, Chicago should avoid letting sentiment guide its personnel decisions in the offseason.