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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 25, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Rose is smart enough to know not to say dumb stuff like this. Boozer is doing what he can but they could use some help too. Rose is a good smart player who is trying to get his team to the Finals. Gasol would help them but the Lakers would be crazy to take Boozer , he is not a upgrade and he could play with them but they end up losing out. Keep the players you have and make it happen if you are the Bulls. if you are LA, make a move to get a PG and some bench players.



Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Boozer IS NOT the second best Bulls player...I would argue he isn't even the third.  Deng and Noah are far better than Boozer for a myriad of reasons. 



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I agree with Deng being the second best/ most underated player on the team.
 He can rebound, pass, has low post game can shoot the three and has a mid range game to go with it!!  



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I like Boozer's game when he's on it but I'd trade Boozer for Gasol in a heartbeat if I were the Bulls
If it were a straight up, 1 for 1 trade, so would the Bulls.  No way, however, the Lakers would trade Gasol straight up for Boozer --the Lakers would get shorter, not get any younger, give  up height, points and rebounds and take on a larger contract than Gasol's, plus piss off Kobe.  Stupid idea.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:18 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Lakers need a point guard, Gilbert Arenas problem solved.



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I have to disagree with Boozer being the second best player on the team. And I do know basketball. Boozer dissapears waaaay too much to be the second best player. Deng is the second best player because he's more consistant then Boozer.

I like Boozer's game when he's on it but I'd trade Boozer for Gasol in a heartbeat if I were the Bulls. If you go look at the two finals that the Lakers recently won, Gasol was the real MVP in both those series. They gave it to Bryant for his name reasons.

And I'm a Lakers fan saying this.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:01 pm
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Matt, Boozer is the Bulls 2nd best player?  What?  Do you know anything about basketball?


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Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:53 am
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:50 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

3rd best offensive player on the team, after Rose and Deng.  Better O than Noah, for sure, but you aren't wrong about his defense.  3rd or 4th best, depending on matchup.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:49 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

That trade makes no sense for the Bulls. Gasol is a solid player but not worth Boozer and Watson. I don't see Chicago doing anything foolish like that


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