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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: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:46 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

I would venture to say Boozer isn't the third-best player on the Bulls, either, when you consider what Noah brings to BOTH ends of the court.  Boozer is a matador.





Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:46 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Although the Lakers should be exclusively in the market for a point guard (barring any potential Dwight Howard trade), I would not be against this trade, as a Laker fan. Having watching Gasol play on a nightly basis, it is evident that he does not seem to fit well in Mike Brown's system. Boozer will bring on more of a physical presence, and also a more productive rebounder. Gasol is a great player, but one can tell that he has not fully invested himself into the Lakers' organization.
In any case, this type of trade should be put on the back burner. A legitimate point guard is what the Lakers need, plain and simple. Someone who can read the defense and call Mike Brown's "pre-emptive" offense, and to put a stop to the Lakers' weakness in containing the league's elite point guards. It's time for Jim Buss, Kupchak, and Kobe to sit down and address this issue that is the stability and future of this storied franchise.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:42 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

But then again maybe Rose just couldn't bear to look at Boozer with that weird shoe polish on his head.




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:41 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Rose didn't want to disrespect Deng by campaigning for Lebron, or disrespect Noah by campaigning for Howard, so I doubt he was campaigning for a Gausol-Boozer trade.  That said, it would be an interesting trade.  The Bulls could throw in Watson, which would help with their PG situation, though he is obviously not a top guy or anything.  The problem last year was that Booze and Noah did not gel, and disappered in the Miami series.  They seem to be playing better together this year, so maybe the Bulls are fine on that point, 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:38 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

The rumored deal is Boozer and C.J. Watson for Gasol, which would give the Lakers a decent point guard. This makes a lot of sense for the Lakers and almost none for the Bulls.



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:27 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Perhaps it would be Boozer & Watson for Gasol?



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:27 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

BTW, Boozer isn't the Bulls second best player, Deng is.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:18 am
 

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

The Lakers are clearly in the market for a point gaurd. This trade might make sense from a financial, contractual or age of player stand-point (which definitely is a factor in trading), but why would the Lakers trade Gasol or Bynum and not get the point gaurd they so badly need. They really don't have much else to offer other teams other than 1 of their bigs. I don't think they should deal 1 of them for a power forward. Not to mention, if they were to trade Gasol, that would leave them with Bynum, who has never been healthy for a 6 month stretch in his career!  The Lakers really needed that Chris Paul deal in hindsight. I don't think there is really anything going on with the Bulls other than speculation at this point.



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