BOSTON The decision as to whether Bulls point guard Derrick Rose plays in Friday nights game against the Celtics wont happen until after the reigning league MVP warms up prior to the contest, according to Tom Thibodeau.
Were hopeful, said the Bulls head coach following the teams morning shootaround at the TD BankNorth Garden. Hes feeling a lot better and hell warm up tonight, and well see if he can go.
Rose will play if he doesnt have any discomfort from this morning and he feels like hes ready to go, continued Thibodeau about Rose, who suffered a sprained-toe injury in the first quarter of Tuesdays win at Minnesota and subsequently missed Wednesdays home victory over Washington. Most guys in the league are hurting in some way, but were not going to risk further injury to him. If hes at risk, we certainly wouldnt play him. But Derrick has always responded well to treatment, so he was feeling better Thursday and hes feeling a lot better today.
Rose was unavailable for comment Friday morning, but although Thibodeau said he participated in a non-contact portion of the shootaround, he continues to wear a precautionary walking boot.
For all the Bulls fans who wanted to see the organization pull off a Carmelo Anthony trade over the years, they just got their wish.
Well, sort of.
According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed to a blockbuster trade which will send Anthony to the Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and the Bulls' 2018 second-round pick.
Coincidentally, the Bulls traded a comparable package to what the Thunder just surrendered for the 10-time NBA All-Star.
Just before the NBA's trade deadline last February, the Bulls sent McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round draft choice to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.
As the Thunder load up for a postseason run in the Western Conference, the Bulls are in the midst of rebuilding year after trading Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason and not having much to show from their previous trade with the Thunder.
The Bulls let Lauvergne and Morrow depart via free agency this offseason, while Payne will start the season on the shelf after undergoing foot surgery.
After the deal becomes official via a league call on Monday, Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George in Oklahoma City.
The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season.
David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Shepkowski (670 The Score) and Dan Cahill (Chicago Sun-Times) join Kap on the panel. Jake Arrieta will return to the rotation to face the Brewers. Can he recapture his pre-injury form? Mike Glennon gets another start Sunday but should he get the hook if he struggles again?
Plus, the guys discuss the one metric that says the Bulls are the worst team in the NBA.