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Derrick Rose Spent $15,000 on a Chicago Bulls Teammate Only to Get Stabbed in the Back by Him

Former Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has made a lot of money during his NBA career. The youngest MVP in NBA history, who currently plays for the New York Knicks, has earned roughly $155 million in NBA contracts.

At NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando in 2012, Rose signed a 14-year extension with the Adidas brand. With incentives, the contract is worth well over $260 million, so the Chicago native has generational money at his disposal.

Derrick Rose has given a lot of money to charities. He also spent $15,000 on a Bulls teammate once. However, Rose was eventually stabbed in the back.

Derrick Rose is the best point guard in Bulls history

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The Bulls drafted Derrick Rose with the first overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Memphis. The explosive point guard and Michael Jordan are the only two players in Bulls history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP.

In 406 games with the Bulls, Rose averaged 19.7 points and 6.2 assists while shooting 44.8% from the field, 30.2% from beyond the arc, and 81.3% from the free-throw line. He became the youngest player to win the MVP award during the 2010-11 season.

Rose could never lead the Bulls past LeBron James, who dominated Chicago with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. In the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, the Bulls took a 1-0 lead before losing four games in a row to LeBron’s Heat. In the 2015 Eastern Conference Semifinals, Rose and Jimmy Butler led Chicago to a 2-1 lead before the Cavs rattled off three wins in a row to close out the series.

Rose and Butler were friends on the Bulls, but there were reports that Butler questioned Rose’s work ethic and forced Chicago to trade the former Rookie of the Year following the 2015-16 season.

This all came after Derrick Rose spent $15,000 on Jimmy Butler.

Derrick Rose bought Jimmy Butler a $15,000 watch in 2014-15

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When Jimmy Butler made his first All-Star team in 2014-15, Derrick Rose bought him a $15,000 watch. Rose and Butler both averaged over 20.0 points per game in the 2015 playoffs. The duo could have done great things together, but the Bulls decided to part ways with Rose after the 2015-16 season by trading him to the Knicks.

Multiple reports at the time said Butler was in favor of the Bulls trading Rose so he could be the face of the franchise. The small forward even did a few interviews where he said, “It was going to be either him or me (getting traded).”

The Bulls missed the playoffs in 2015-16 and needed to make a change.

What is interesting about the Rose-Butler dynamic is that in his autobiography called “I’ll Show You,” Rose said he never had beef with Butler on the Bulls despite what the media was saying.

“I always was cool with Jimmy, no matter what they were saying in the media. I was always cool with all my teammates,” Rose wrote. “That’s what it is having teammates. I never had a problem with Jimmy. No confrontation, no argument or anything. In fact, when Jimmy had his trade stuff come up in Minnesota, he was confiding in me and I was counseling him, understanding what he was going through, how it wasn’t right.

“People always wanted to make it something between me and Jimmy in Chicago, wanting to see us go at it…Nah, nothing like that with me and Jimmy…Remember, I did buy him that watch that time with the Bulls. Just to show, ‘Bro, I ain’t whatever they may be saying.’ It was light love for a teammate. I think it cost like $15,000. When you’re the veteran, sometimes you have to spoil your teammates.”

Derrick Rose reunited with Jimmy Butler on the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017-18, where the stars helped Minnesota make the playoffs. Even though Butler reportedly played a part in Rose getting traded from the Bulls, Jimmy and Derrick are close friends again.

Former MVP battled COVID-19

Derrick Rose has been out for the Knicks for a while because he contracted COVID-19. The future Hall of Famer rejoined the team on Monday and talked about how scary his battle with COVID-19 was.

The Knicks can’t wait until Derrick Rose plays again. They are 7-3 with Rose in the lineup since acquiring him from the Detroit Pistons.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.