Mere weeks ago, Derrick Rose would have been on everyone's list of "untouchables" - players who no GM in their right mind would consider trading. The league's youngest MVP playing in the city he grew up in.
But, after suffering a non-contact knee injury (torn meniscus) on his [b]other[/b] knee, he appears to be out for a second consecutive full season, and the natives of the Windy City grow weary. Weary with a rehab process from last year which stretched long past the amount of time the team originally said. Weary of promises that he would come back "full strength" after taking that extra time off to make sure "everything is 100%." Weary of waiting for a savior to arrive only for him to come up lame, again.
Add to that growing discontent a parsimonious owner who has never paid the luxury tax, and a team with the 4th highest payroll in the league, and the stage is set for the Bulls to be major sellers at the trade deadline. Would Derrick Rose be available?
And, wouldn't the Phoenix Suns be the perfect destination?
The Suns have the assets to trade for a Derrick Rose - a starting caliber point guard to replace Rose and the ability to take on salary to give Chicago cap relief.
The Suns have a vested interest in tanking the season, and a blockbuster trade sending away valuable assets for an injured player would effectively scuttle their chances of coming out of this season as the 17th best team in the league, stranded in late-lottery limbo.
The Suns have the best medical staff in the league, and a history of re-claiming injured players and turning them into effective (Grant Hill), all-star (Danny Manning), even super-star caliber (Steve Nash) players.
The Suns lack that #1 player - a bona fide superstar - and are searching for such a player.
Mr McDonough, if you're reading, it seems to me that a phone call is in order.