ESPN.com is reporting that Derrick Rose did not actually workout for Carmelo Anthony, nor did he help pitch the Bulls to Anthony. According to the report, Bulls brass brought Anthony into the facility in the middle of Derrick Rose getting a workout in.
Rose, Chicago’s star point guard, just happened to be in the middle of his daily workout routine when Bulls officials brought Anthony into the United Center on Tuesday afternoon, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Rose actually was surprised to see Anthony, one source said. He had no idea what time the Knicks’ free agent would be visiting the Bulls.
Rose broke up his workout to approach Anthony and said a brief hello, but that was the extent of his participation in the Bulls’ recruitment.
It contradicts earlier reports that had Rose being invovled in the pitch. According to reports, the Bulls never mentioned it Rose.
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But the Bulls’ front office never asked Rose to join in.
“Derrick wasn’t bothered that he wasn’t a part of it,” a source said. “He was just kind of shocked, like ‘Man, I didn’t get the memo.'”
Rose had stated earlier in the week to Yahoo! that he would not be involved in the recruitment of Anthony, so it seemed stunning when reports came out that he did indeed participate in the Bulls’ presentation.