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Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:49 am
 
Derrick Rose says he doesn't want the Bulls to trade Carlos Boozer. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Earlier this week, a report surfacedthat Derrick Rose supported a theoretical trade of Carlos Boozer for Pau Gasol. If true, it would be the first time Rose has been involved in any sort of aggression insertion into management's plans, as he usually takes a backseat to such discussions, and has crafted his image very carefully to indicate that he just plays basketball, no matter who he's with. It's saved him a lot of trouble. And after the most recent report, the Bulls have already responded to the report with a predictable denial from Rose. From Bulls.com:  
“I heard about it after the game [on Monday],” said Rose. “That’s something I wouldn’t say to anyone, that I need someone to come to this team, or I’m trying to get rid of someone on this team. It was all false and that’s something I would never do.”

Asked if he talked to Carlos Boozer, who was reported to be involved in a potential deal for Gasol, Rose said had spoken with his teammate about the rumors.v “He should know, but I talked to him a little bit,” Rose said. “I think he already knew they were false. It’s something I wouldn’t do to anyone; especially trade him to any team. It was all false.”

In the past, Rose has expressed nothing but content for his teammates, and on Wednesday, he reiterated that sentiment.

“I’m good with the teammates I have,” Rose said. “I’ve always been saying that. The team that we have, we’ve been winning games, and we’re not in the position to look to trade anyone right now.”
via Pain-free Rose says no trades needed for this Bulls team | Blogs.Bulls.com.

It's rare that players or team websites even address such rumors, but this was a pretty solid move on behalf of Rose and the Bulls. It protects the image that Rose isn't involved in the superstar-chasing or star-meddling that has become rampant in this league. Whether Rose is or is not involved in such discussions is immaterial, only the perception matters, as it furthers the protective shield of humility that has for the most part kept Rose free of both speculation and criticism. 

And assuming Rose is being honest, it's good to hear, because frankly, the trade doesn't make much sense at all. The Bulls would almost certainly have to surrender an additional asset to get Gasol, which means you're trading your second best player and sacrificing the depth that has helped make you one of the best teams in the league, in order to take on a player who has become inconsistent from an emotional and mental standpoint, and in many ways is simply a taller, slightly better version of Boozer. The same defensive questions would exist and be covered up by the Bulls' defense, the same soft short-range-jumper game would be employed, the same questions about their role on the team would be asked.

It's not a lose-lose for the Bulls, it's just not a win or a loss. It's a sideways step. The Bulls got out in front of this to try and cut off talk. The last thing they need is to be dragged into drama and speculation over trades.

Look how that's going for the Lakers, despite the winning streak they're on.
Comments

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

That's crazy as the Grizzlies trading Sam Young for Dwight Howard.. Never going to happen..It's just Rose wishing out loud!



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:17 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

haha bulls fans dont need excuses for nothing, when all is said and done derrick rose WILL have more championships than lebron, and you have quite an imagination, you sound like my 5 year old cousin.....derrick rose wants to win more the lebron does...all leebron care about is them h03s in miami, cuz if he REALLY wanted to win he would have come to chicago..and soon lebron will be in the same situation he was in in miami, chris bosh is weak now so hes done, wade is what 30? he was a couple more years...soon it will just be lebron with a bunch of scrubs wondering why he didnt come to chicago.... the only sounds of the men and women of chicago will be us parading down grant park....oh yeah by the way....this could very well be the line up in about three or four years.....

pg:derrick rose
sg:jabari parker(played basketball where derrick rose used to and his coach said he was better than rose)
sf:loul deng
pf:nikola mirotic(a dirk nowitzki)
c:joakim noah



so basically
pg:derrick rose
sg: kobe bryant
sf:loul deng
pf:dirk nowitzki
c:joakim noah



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:49 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Bulls were depleted with injuries when they faced Miami in playoffs last year. I think this year will be a better series if both teams stay healthy.
Bulls fans have nothing but excuses after they get a beat down. Miami had injuries all year too. Fake mvp DRose got schooled as did the rest of the calves, at home, in front of your own fans. As Lebron was in the air, ready to slam another one down, Bulls fans screaming in jealousy, their women couldn't take their eyes off Lebron as they fantasized what it's really about. They drooled, clapped, and gasped, as the ball came down (BOOOOOOM)!!!!!!!!!   Eat that Chicago!  
5 in a row and counting.

And to add,.. DRose is a no class 2 face. Shame on him for backstabbing his own players. He doesn't want to win, nor can he. 



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:15 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

LA would be dumb to trade Gasol for Boozer !



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:36 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Bulls were depleted with injuries when they faced Miami in playoffs last year. I think this year will be a better series if both teams stay healthy.



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:20 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I also thinks hes a stone cold killer when it comes to will to win
Except when the playoffs come and Lebron is standing in front of him.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

He may deny it and he may never have mentioned it but Boozer for Gasol? The Bulls would take that deal in an instant and they would be a much stronger team. Gasol is way better than Boozer. Boozer just doesn't play any D.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Sorry, but Boozer is not the 2nd best player in Chicago. Luol Deng is the 2nd best player here. Boozer is 3rd with Noah closing in in recent weeks.



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:10 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

D rose is, imo, one of the most humble professional athlete's out there. 

I also thinks hes a stone cold killer when it comes to will to win.

If he did or did not ask for booze to get traded, it doesnt matter cuz he's right.

Pau and Noah sounds like a pretty nasty frontcourt to me.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:57 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I'm not a fan of Boozer by any means, but man, Rose is a dumbass for letting this get out. Then again, I'm not surprised, this is the same guy who was too dumb to take his own SAT.

I haven't read all the comments and I'm not sure how Lebron has entered the conversation, but it should not be forgotten that he carried a SHIT Cavs team to the Finals. In the process he single-handedly knocked off a Pistons TEAM that had ruled the East for years. No heart my ass.


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