In the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, there appears to be a rule that was created for the purpose of screwing the Chicago Bulls, and it is known as the “Derrick Rose Rule.”
Simply put, the rule states that after a player has completed his rookie salary, if he has twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been voted All-NBA, or won an MVP, he is eligible for a maximum salary of 30% of the salary cap rather than 25% like everyone else, a change of a couple million dollars a year.
There is exactly one player who this rule would apply to next season: Derrick Rose.
Let me start out by saying this: Derrick Rose is worth the extra 5% and so much more. However you have to question why they would make such a specific rule against the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose. Was Jerry Reinsdorf even in the room? He’s always been thought of as one of the most influential owners in the league, why would he let this legislation pass?
In the end, this is probably a good rule; any player who can accomplish one of those benchmarks is a generational-level talent! However the timing and immediate effect of the rule appears to be very anti-Chicago, and we will see how that affects Chicago’s title aspirations in the long-term.