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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  
“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.”
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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.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:12 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Lomax, you are obviously a moron who can't read. You should apologize to everyone who wasted precious seconds of our lives to read your idiotic post.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:51 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Real classy going behind your teams back and doing this. Now we see the truth about DRose. It's Me Me Me.. he doesn't want to win. Bulls are done now. Real classy move.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:33 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

First of all, Boozer is not the second best player on the team.  He may not be the third best.  Secondly, Rose didn't court Lebron, Wade or Bosh when they were free agents, so why would he ask management for a trade.  Thirdly, while getting Gasol would be good for the Bulls, there is no way the Lakers would take Boozer as part of the trade and while I like what Watson does for the Bulls, he is not that much of an improvement over what the Lakers currently have at PG.

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

Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:21 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Well, the proposed deal was actually Gasol for Boozer and Watson, so that the Lakers could the point gaurd they need so badly.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:12 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

C'mon man, stop writing in caps. Learn how to communicate with others. Nobody reads anything written in caps as it is assumed to written by an idiot.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:03 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded


Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:55 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I would bet that if this trade did happen Kobe would tell the Lakers to take a hike.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:28 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Just to jump in on what many have already said--Boozer isn't close to the second best player on the Bulls. There's no doubt it's Deng. Beyond that, Boozer might have a case for third; he wouldn't get my vote, but he'd have a case. To his credit, he has been playing well this year. But, I can't imagine the Lakers would consider trading Gasol for Boozer and Watson.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:10 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I'd take a bag of peanuts for Boozer in all honesty.  Can't stand the guy.  Zero defense, zero heart, inconsistent, and his voice annoys the hell out of me.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:21 pm

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

There are a couple things wrong with this.  1- Derrick Rose IS the guy who just plays basketball and he is a breath of fresh air to NBA fans.  He lets the coaches coach, the management manage and he plays ball with excellence.  The way it should be.  Secondly, why would the Lakers trade Gasol for Boozer?  What advantage does that give the Lakers?  How does it make them better?  Please media....stop trying to force stories that don't exist.

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