The Chicago Bulls are close to signing reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose to a five-year, $94 million contract extension, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"Derrick is the centerpiece of what we're putting together here," Bulls general manager Gar Forman told the media in a press conference yesterday. "We want Derrick to be a Bull for a long, long time. It's very important that we put the right pieces around Derrick."
On his way to becoming the youngest-ever NBA MVP, Rose averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game, and led the Bulls to the top seed in the playoffs, where they ultimately lost to the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals.
When asked if he would ever consider recruiting players to establish a team like the Heat, which was comprised of three NBA superstars, Rose indicated he would leave all player personnel decisions to the front office. "It's just me, man," Rose told the Tribune. "If it's not coming from the front office, you're not going to hear me saying anything about recruiting anyone. The city speaks for itself, especially for basketball. If you want to come here, opportunity is here.”