Should Derrick Rose Play An Active Role In Trying To Recruit Carmelo Anthony To Play For The Bulls?
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose wants you to know that he is not a recruiter. He doesn’t get paid by the Bulls to try and recruit free agents to come and play in Chicago. And he doesn’t want to spend a whole bunch of time this summer trying to convince guys to come and play alongside of him with the Bulls. So you shouldn’t expect him to try and woo Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, or anyone else when NBA free agency starts tomorrow. Because frankly, that’s “not his job” as he just told Yahoo! Sports and it’s not his responsibility to talk guys into playing with him.
“My thing is if they want to come, they can come,” Rose told Yahoo! Sports yesterday.
Should that be Rose’s attitude when it comes to free agency, though? Or should he feel obligated to do whatever it takes to bring guys like Carmelo and LeBron to Chicago?
Four years ago, Rose essentially said the same exact thing when LeBron was a free agent. He told the media time and time again that he would not “recruit” a fellow superstar to play with him. And for the most part, he was applauded for saying that he wouldn’t try and convince anyone to come to Chicago. But in 2014, Rose is at a much different place in his career. Due to a series of knee injuries, he is currently trying to work his way back into the Bulls’ lineup. And for that reason and that reason alone, we think that Rose needs to play a more active role in free agency this summer. If the Bulls have any chance of landing a Carmelo Anthony or a LeBron James, they’re going to need Rose to tell free agents that he’s healthy and ready to play next season. Otherwise, free agents are going to have a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the Bulls and will be less likely to sign with Chicago.
We’re not saying that Rose needs to be texting Carmelo at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow morning or sending LeBron fruit baskets with “PLEASE COME PLAY WITH ME!” cards tucked inside of them. But if the Bulls ask him to help recruit guys, he needs to, at the very least, be open to the idea of doing it. Because his participation in free agency—or lack thereof—could ultimately decide who does and doesn’t end up playing with the Bulls next season.