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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: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:13 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Really?....Rose doesn't care about winning?  Where you getting this from smart guy?



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:59 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Rose doesn't care about winning. Can't trust a team mate that tries to get you traded behind your back. Shameful. Of course the butt kissers will argue and deny. It's a conspiracy. Step up and face the truth.



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:55 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I can't believe that james and the word class are being used in the same sentence. The antics in last years finals are proof enough. All the whining, making fun of dirk being sick in front of the cameras, leaving the court without shaking hands with the mavs when it was over. Rose has don none of those things and he certainly has never quit on his team like james quit on the cavs in the playoffs against boston.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:32 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Anyone who believed that rumor in the first place is a moron.  Rose is the same guy who refused to even call LeBron when he was a free agent because he didn't want to offend Deng and didn't think it was his job to recruit other players.  Rose isn't Kobe Bryant, demanding management get him help to win a championship.  And he isn't LeBron, needing to run to another star for protection.  Rose takes what's given to him and makes the most of it.
There always going to be people that will believe in any rumor they read or hear, sometimes the rumor turn out to be wrong or just a lie to see how many people fall for it.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:32 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Rumor or not...if Chicago had the opportunity to make this happen it would happen in a second.  I think Gasol is very over-rated, however, you know he will play every game.  Boozer is a total softy who will never be capable of playing a full season.  This would be a fanatstic deal for the Lakers should it be true/come to fruition.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:21 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Anyone who believed that rumor in the first place is a moron.  Rose is the same guy who refused to even call LeBron when he was a free agent because he didn't want to offend Deng and didn't think it was his job to recruit other players.  Rose isn't Kobe Bryant, demanding management get him help to win a championship.  And he isn't LeBron, needing to run to another star for protection.  Rose takes what's given to him and makes the most of it.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:11 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Really Lomax..? the article doesn't say this at all and Rose hasn't been about "me,me,me" his entire career. Give me one instance other than this rumor where he has been. "me, me, me" would be "King" James and HIS dreamteam in Miami. Your team.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

If Gasol gets moved, it will be to the Celtics for Rondo.

I would be in favor of that.  But that's Boston forfeiting their today, tomorrow and future.  Sounds too good to be true so it's not going to happen



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Aww..leave Lomax alone.  He's gonna need all his strength after Miami chokes again.  I freaking knew what teams he supported before I checked the bio...

How in the hell can you say that's low class?  Rose handled it like a pro.  Guess you're just wishing the other teams would have idiotic issues like the heat.

Marlins/Heat = Very expensive non-title winning teams



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I second Paths post


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