Derrick Rose has never been afraid to speak his mind. And even though the Chicago Bulls superstar is still two years away from hitting the open market as an unrestricted free agent, he couldn’t help but mention it at his team’s media day earlier this week.
Asked if the ongoing civil suit against him loomed as a distraction with the season fast approaching, Rose eventually brought up free agency – completely unprompted. Here’s the three-time All-Star, courtesy of CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill.
“This whole summer I had tunnel vision. My mindset was just making sure that I was working out every day, and spending as much time as possible with my son,” Rose said. “And focusing on those two things. Making sure my family is financially stable, as far as seeing all the money that they’re passing out in this league. Just telling the truth. Just knowing that my day will be coming up soon, and it’s not for me. It’s for P.J. (his son) and his future, so that’s what I’m thinking about now.’’
Rose later specified that he was referencing a payday from the Bulls. “Here, here, it’s here,” he said.
This isn’t the first time the Windy City native has ruffled feathers by appealing to a future with his young son in mind. After missing four of Chicago’s previous five contests with an ankle sprain last November, Rose said sitting out of games was about his long-term, post-playing health prospects as opposed to the short-term goal of being fresh for the season’s remainder, specifically citing potential soreness at his son’s graduation as means for that approach.
Those comments left a bad taste in the mouths of some Bulls fans, and these latest ones will surely do the same. Rose, by the way, signed a five-year, $94 million contract extension that kicked in for the 2011-12 season, the latter two years of which will net him approximately $41.4 million. Barring an altogether surprising return to his past MVP form, however, it seems highly unlikely he’ll earn a similar average salary as a free agent – regardless of the cap approaching $110 million when that time finally comes.
Rose’s injuries and subsequent play has created a shift for Chicago, one made more palatable by the emergence of Jimmy Butler as something close to a viable go-to offensive option. The Bulls’ star wing signed his own multi-year mega-deal early in the summer, ensuring he’d be a fixture of the organization’s plans going forward.