(This entry was written by Seth Gruen)
Fortunately for Bulls general manager Gar Forman, the rumors surrounding the team's acquisition of a shooting guard have provided a smoke screen for an exponentially more important front office task.
With Derrick Rose set to become a restricted free agent after this season, the Bulls are active in trying to extend the NBA's reigning MVP to a contract extension.
After the second of two practices Tuesday, Rose said he had not heard any news from his agent, B.J. Armstrong regarding a potential extension.
But he did get unwavering support from head coach Tom Thibodeau.
"This guy has earned everything he has gotten," Thibodeau said. "He's a great ambassador for our organization, this city, the league. You can't ask for anything more. He represents everything that is good about this game. So, he's earned it."
Every season since his rookie year, Rose has added a new dimension to his game. Last year, it was his three-point shooting which he improved by nearly seven percentage points during the 2010-11 season. This offseason, Rose worked on developing a post game.
"That's something that I've really been working on," Rose said. "I know it will get me to the line. I know it will open up everything else for my teammates and then make the game easier."