Derrick Rose says he wants to retire a Bull

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Derrick Rose rumors are starting to bubble up around the league. His contract is up in 2017 and with the emergence of Jimmy Butler and the new offensive system with Fred Hoiberg, there have been questions about how Rose fits in exactly long term. And if the Bulls do keep him, what should his price tag be (he’s not a max player anymore)?

Rose is oblivious to what is said around him — to the point of his detriment at times, as he doesn’t realize the impact of his words and phrasings. He’s not listening to all this trade buzz either. He wants to remain a Bull — because he loves the city and because his son is here, he told Nick Friedell of ESPN in a Q&A.

Friedell: You told me a long time ago you never wanted to play anywhere else. Is that still true?

Rose: That’s still true. Still true. Just having my son [P.J.], I’m doing all this because of my son now, you know? Just wanting to be around him every day, having him come up here, shoot with me or see me shooting til he’s able to become a ball boy. Little things like that I think about long term. Just trying to get him groomed, trying to get him used to being in the environment.

Friedell: You want to retire here still.

Rose: For sure, for sure.

The Bulls are going to undergo some significant roster changes in the next couple of years. For example, this summer both Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol (if he opts out as expected) will be free agents, and there is a real possibility neither of them returns to Chicago.

Rose could be part of that change. The only long-term locks to remain in Chicago are Jimmy Butler and Bobby Portis. When Rose and Butler have been paired on the court this season the Bulls are average — they have both a 101.1 offensive and defensive rating. They are a .500 team with those two on the court together. The questions to be answered are if that number is a matter of Rose’s health, noise from the ill-fitting pieces around the two guards in Hoiberg’s offense, or just they don’t work well as a tandem?

Whether Rose remains a Bull may simply come down to money. The Bulls will have their number and if another team sees more promise in Rose — or is more desperate for a quality point guard — they could come in over the top. Rose says Chicago is where he wants to be, but would he take a hometown discount? The more challenging question may be what is Rose worth in the new, Wild West market created by the coming salary cap spike?

But we know where Rose wants to be — sweet home Chicago.