With the news coming that point guard Derrick Rose once again has suffered a major injury, re-tearing his meniscus, the Bulls organization and fans are once again left with broken hearts. Trust me, I feel for the Bulls fans, as a Rams fan I have suffered two straight seasons of Sam Bradford tearing his ACL. When you get the call that the player who holds the key to your team’s success has gone down, it just makes you sick to your stomach. But once Chicago gets past the broken heart, the question arises of whether or not it is time for the Bulls to move on from Derrick Rose.
In 2010-2011, Derrick Rose put up a season for the ages winning the MVP award and leading the Bulls to the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. During that season, Derrick Rose played all but one game, averaging 25 points per game, along with 7.7 assists per game. Given his success and young age, that has given the Bulls motive to stick with Rose through his recent injuries. But now with this latest injury, the Bulls should strongly consider moving on from the former MVP. By the end of this season, Rose will have played in just 95 regular season games of 312 available since the start of the 2011-2012 season. In that time he has suffered a torn ACL and a torn meniscus, which has now been torn twice with his latest injury. In the games that Rose has played in, he has been far less effective than his MVP season in 2010-2011. In the those 95 games, Rose has averaged 19.6 points per game, a whopping 5.4 points per game less than his MVP season. Not only did his points drop in that span, but his assists also dropped to 6.1 per game, which is an average of 1.6 less than in 2010-2011. While those numbers aren’t terrible, they are definitely not worth what he is getting paid. Following his MVP season, Rose signed a monster 5 year $94.8 million contract. To make matters worse, the contract was backloaded, and now Rose is set to make $20.1 million in 2015-2016 and $21.3 million in 2016-2017. While that contract may have been acceptable following his MVP season, it is too much to pay for an unreliable point guard who has since underperformed.
Although Rose has been the face of the Bulls franchise since his MVP season, the Bulls need to find a way to unload his contract and take a step in the other direction. Goodbyes are tough, but sometimes they are necessary.