Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard are friends but that doesn't mean Rose isn't ready for Howard to leave town. The MVP said he's tired of answering questions about the Bulls somehow obtaining the Magic center.
"It definitely getting old," Rose said. "We're sick and tired of hearing it. Like I said, the city speaks for itself. Chicago, marketing wise, is a great city. If someone chose to come here they would definitely fit. I'm cool with the teammates I have."
Howard told the Sun-Times earlier Thursday that the weather was too cold for him to play here. He may have been kidding, but no matter what he says, the league's prized soon-to-be free agent continues to be the subject of speculation about where he may end up after the March 15 trade deadline and/or next season.
That speculation will only heat up from now until the deadline.
"I don't pay attention to it unless someone comes to me --- like you all and tell me something," Rose said to a group of reporters. "I don't know what's going on or who's talking to who. You all know more than I do."
It's unlikely the Bulls will make a deal, although they are fielding calls and surveying the scene.
"This time of year it's part of the program," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "There are going to be a million trades talked about, very few happen. Most of it is speculation. Some of it I have no idea where it even comes from. Everybody is talking to each other. There's a lot of misinformation out there. You don't pay any attention to it."