Rose for Rondo? Is it Time to Shop Derrick Rose?

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I want to start off by saying I've defended Derrick Rose from day one of the first ACL injury.  That being said, if I were running the Chicago Bulls, I'd be shopping the kid right now.

Look, I'm not trying to be insensitive.  I understand Rose is looking out for his future after basketball, but its hard to be in the corner for a twenty six year old who seems to have absolutely no desire to compete.  There's no doubt Derrick Rose, when healthy, is an MVP caliber player.  The problem is, he's healthy right now and is still missing games (while being paid I might add).  I have a real problem with that.  You're twenty six years old, on arguably the best team in the East with a real shot at a title, and you want to sit out games because you don't want to be in pain later on in life?  Maybe this isn't the right career choice for you.  The Bulls have paid him for two full seasons without playing a game, the time to play is now D-Rose!

If I were the Chicago Bulls, and I were looking at this from strictly a business point of view, I would seriously consider shopping Derrick Rose.  Realistically, I think the Bulls could get Rajon Rondo and a first round pick from the Celtics in exchange for Rose.  Now, of course there is a six million dollar difference in yearly salary, but I'm sure the Celtics have enough money to spare.  The trade would, not only, keep the Bulls in contention this season as Rondo is a triple double machine with playoff and Finals experience, but keep them relevant going forward.  I don't see Boston as anything more than a middle of the pack lottery team so the first rounder Chicago could acquire would yield a top Draft prospect.  Also, the six million dollars in cap space they will gain ensures they can sign a decent role player in 2015, possibly the return of Marco Belinelli as he'll be unrestricted at the end of the year and San Antonio will has obvious obligations to re-sign Kawhi Leonard.

If Rose is willing to put it all out there for a team that has a legitimate shot at winning the East and possibly the NBA Championship, by all means keep him and pay him his money.  If not, its time to shop Derrick Rose.