Chicago Bulls rumors have Derrick Rose participating in five-on-five practice drills now. Despite trade rumors about the Bulls, the return of Rose to the roster might create a situation where the team is ready to compete right now. According to a report from Monday (Feb. 18), this was believed to be the first time that Rose has been in drills like this since he tore his ACL in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
It still might be too early for Bulls fans and fantasy basketball owners to get really excited about Rose coming back. This is just another step in his rehab program, even if it sounds really good on paper. The fact that he is participating in these full-speed drills with other players is definitely encouraging, though, so it's definitely time to start thinking he could be starting at point guard by mid-March.
These Chicago Bulls rumors are worth paying attention to if Derrick Rose happens to be available on a fantasy basketball waiver wire. The team still has 30 games left in the regular season, so if the intent is for him to be ready for the postseason, Rose will need to see at least 4-6 weeks of regular season action. That would mean a mid-March return at the latest, giving him court time during fantasy league playoffs.
The risk with a point guard returning from injury is that it may take him a while to get back to full-speed. Ricky Rubio took almost a month to really get back into gear with the Minnesota Timberwolves this season and there is no reason to expect Rose to be ahead of the curve. Still, the Bulls really need him to compete with the Miami Heat, so he may try to push himself along the way.
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