Point guard has been ruled out for the season after suffering knee injury.
Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman has insisted that the team is “well positioned” and will not make any dramatic changes to the roster.
Following the news earlier this week that point guard Derrick Rose would be ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a medial meniscus tear, it had been speculated that the Bulls would consider their options moving forward.
While some suggested that the franchise could look at the possibility of trading players and building for the future, it appears that Forman is of the belief that they can still contend for a championship.
“This just happened. It’s too early to start to go down that road,” Forman said, according to ESPN.
“From an organizational standpoint, our front office, not just this year but every year, we always evaluate our team, where we’re at, how we can get better.
“We’re not going to make rash decisions. We feel we have a bright future ahead and we’re positioned well. We have good players in their 20s, Derrick is going to come back, we’re positioned well with draft picks into the future and we have some level of flexibility which we haven’t had under this new CBA.”
Forman was keen to emphasise that the injury Rose sustained last week was a “freak injury” and that doctors have confirmed that he will make a full recovery which will allow the franchise to continue to build around him in the future.
Nevertheless, the Bulls haven’t got the same depth as they had last season and experts have suggested that without Rose they will be unable to overcome the likes of the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers should they confirm their place in the post season.
Chicago have lost seven of their eight road games so far this season to leave them at 6-7 and in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, and it remains to be seen how well they can cope without the offensive threat of Rose for the remainder of the campaign.