Derrick Rose is concerned the Chicago Bulls will enter into a period of rebuilding after this season, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.
The report says that Rose has been telling those in his inner circle that he is afraid the Bulls will not keep key pieces like Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer in the offseason.
“Derrick is worried that the Bulls are going to lose what they have,” said a league source. “He doesn’t want to go through rebuilding.”
The Bulls have previously allowed key role players such as Kyle Korver and Nate Robinson to leave when they became free agents, and the team has had trouble finding veteran talent to replace them. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Bulls will release veteran PG Mike James on Monday in an effort to open up more playing time for 2nd year player Marquis Teague.
Rose is sidelined for the remainder of this season after injuring his right knee just 10 games into his return from a year-long absence after surgery to repair his left ACL.