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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Derrick Rose content with his team

By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose didn't recruit LeBron James or Dwyane Wade during the summer of 2010, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he's not reaching out to free agents now.

Rose If you want to come here, come here, but it's not up to me to make that decision. I'm not paying them. I'm on my rookie contract.

-- Derrick Rose

"I'm fine with my teammates," Rose said Thursday. "If they choose to [go after another scorer] that's up to them. But my teammates that I have right now, I'm fine with them."

A lot of speculation has been centered on whether the Bulls will find a scoring two-guard to share some of the offensive burden with Rose. One player they've reached out to is Washington Wizards restricted free agent Nick Young.

Rose made it clear that he had no issue with the possibility that Keith Bogans may be back. Bogans started all 82 regular-season games last season.

"I'm fine with that," Rose said. "Keith's my guy. I'm rolling with Keith."

Rose said he has heard from several players throughout the league who want to play in Chicago.

"I know there are a lot of people that want to play here," he said. "Just being that Chicago is a great market, a great city to live in. The fans are great. We have the No. 1 fans in the world.

"But it's not up to me, it's up to [the players] to make that decision, meet with [executive vice president] John [Paxson] and them, [general manager] Gar [Forman] and them, and see what they're going to do."

Rose, who's just 23 and in his fourth year, doesn't think it's his role to be a recruiter.

"I'm not going to do that," he said. "If you want to come here, come here, but it's not up to me to make that decision. I'm not paying them. I'm on my rookie contract."

That won't be the case soon given that the Bulls' "top priority," according to a league source, is getting Rose's extension locked in place. With the new "Derrick Rose Rule" in place, Rose will be signing a deal for five years and upwards of $100 million.

Rose is just focused on improving his own game and leading his team on the court.

"I think that the people upstairs, Gar and them, they've been making the right decisions on picking people," Rose said. "Picking guys that fit the way that I play. Guys that can shoot, guys that can score the ball. So I'm not worried about the decision. If they choose to get another scorer, it's up to them."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.