The NBA trade deadline has passed, and the Chicago Bulls did not make any moves. The team failed in their attempt to trade shooting guard Richard Hamilton in an effort to avoid the luxury tax, a penalty Chicago is now set to incur for the first time in franchise history.
The Bulls' inactivity can be viewed as a positive basketball decision: they didn't include a first round draft pick to sweeten the pot in a Hamilton trade, they didn't move Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani, even if they likely would have pulled the trigger had Toronto agreed.
Still, Reggie Rose -- brother of Derrick and the leading figure among his handlers -- isn't pleased the franchise failed to improve itself. He voiced his frustration to ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers:
What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami," Reggie Rose said. "What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?
It's frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him.
Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It's up to the organization to make them better."
"It's frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him," Reggie Rose said.
Reggie's final shot might be the most damning:
"Everyone is expecting Derrick to come back," Reggie Rose said. "If Derrick comes back, they're going to sell more tickets. Is the reason for Derrick to come back to win a championship or make money? Right now, I don't believe a championship. Everything in the NBA is financial."
Rose is locked up through the 2016-17 season, but this would appear to be the first real public pressure his camp has put on the Bulls.