"We can be pretty good," Rose said regarding Chicago's prospects with him back in the lineup. "We can be really good. It's just all about everybody being healthy, a little luck and everybody staying together."
In 46 games before the injury he was averaging more than 18 points per game. He has not played since Feb. 23 against Milwaukee.
Coach Tom Thibodeau called the injury "unfair," noting the other injuries Rose has sustained in his career.
Rose, who won the league's 2011 MVP award, already had his right medial meniscus repaired once, in Nov. 2013. That operation kept him out of action for a majority of the 2013-14 season. He also tore his ACL in 2012.
The Bulls, at 43-29, have the Central Division's second-best record with 10 games remaining in the regular season.
- Will Green