Carmelo Anthony began his free agent tour in Chicago on Tuesday, and while Derrick Rose wasn’t a part of the formal presentation that was made, he did speak with Anthony that day at the United Center.
What wasn’t clear was Rose’s overall involvement in the Bulls’ free agent pitch.
Reports conflicted as to just how aware Rose was of the timing of Anthony’s visit — initially, Rose was supposedly “bothered” that he wasn’t officially a part of it, and was simply going through a routine workout, unaware of what time Anthony would be stopping by.
Honestly, that seems somewhat preposterous on the surface. The team’s best player who works out at the arena daily would obviously have an idea that something like an in-person free agent pitch to Anthony would be going down, and even if he wasn’t going to be sitting in on that meeting, it would of course make sense that he’d carve out some time to speak to the fellow All-Star who was considering playing alongside him.
After two seasons dominated by knee injuries, Rose found himself back in the news Friday. ESPN.com reported that the front office hadn’t asked Rose to attend Tuesday’s free-agent pitch to Anthony and that a surprised Rose stopped his workout to briefly say hello when he saw Anthony touring the United Center.
In fact, sources said Bulls officials requested weeks ago for Rose to participate in the pitch should they get an audience with Anthony once free agency began. When official contact was allowed late Monday and details of Anthony’s Chicago visit were finalized, sources said they were communicated to Rose.
The Tribune reported in Wednesday’s editions that Rose came to the United Center for a previously scheduled workout and rehabilitation session, talked to Anthony for roughly 20 minutes inside the locker room and did not attend a dinner held for Anthony.
That falls right in line with Rose continually stating that he wasn’t interested in recruiting free agents, but common sense dictates that, at the very least, a conversation would need to be had when someone of Anthony’s magnitude is thinking about signing a long-term deal in Chicago.