Here's the daily Derrick Rose update: He did some full-court scrimmaging Wednesday for the second time in three days.
He put on a nice display of 3-point shooting at the end of practice, including several makes from beyond 25 feet, and walked off the court drenched with sweat.
So what does it all mean? The words should be familiar to Bulls fans.
"He's making good, steady progress," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau at the Berto Center. "He's doing fine. When he's ready to go, we'll know."
Some news outlets tried to hype up Monday's practice scrimmage, quoting an anonymous source as saying Rose looked "really good" and "game ready." Thibodeau said Rose did "fine." So who's telling the truth?
The reality is that it matters more how Rose feels than how he looks -- and he wasn't talking Wednesday. Is it conceivable he could be on the floor next week for home games against Cleveland and Philadelphia?
Sure. He could also continue rehabbing for another two or three weeks. The watch continues.
Kerr can relate:
Former Bulls guard Steve Kerr suffered a torn ACL when he played in college at Arizona and he's not surprised Derrick Rose is still working his way back.
"I think it make perfect sense for him to take as much time as possible, till he feels comfortable," Kerr said. "If that means taking the whole year off, so be it. The future is what's important, not the present.
"(Minnesota Vikings running back) Adrian Peterson ruined it for everybody. We're barely past nine months (since Rose's surgery) and really, this is like an 11- or 12-month recovery for most people. I think the Bulls are doing the right thing and Derrick's doing the right thing, really being cautious and making sure he's all the way back before he steps on the court for real."
Last-minute deal unlikely:
The NBA trade deadline arrives at 2 p.m. Central time Thursday. It's possible the Bulls could find a last-minute deal they like, but more likely the lineup will stay the same when they host Miami at the United Center.
The Bulls would be open to moving Richard Hamilton for a more long-term piece or any move that eases next season's payroll without sacrificing too much talent.
"For every 100 trades that are talked about, one actually happens," coach Tom Thibodeau said Wednesday.
Most of the trade rumors surrounded impending free agents such as Atlanta's Josh Smith, Orlando's J.J. Redick, or one of Utah's power forwards, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.
Hinrich welcomed back:
In his first game back from an elbow injury, Kirk Hinrich collected 10 assists in Monday's 96-87 win at New Orleans.
"The one thing about him, when he's running the team, you know Luol (Deng) will have 15 shots, Carlos (Boozer) is going to have 15, then Marco (Belinelli) and Rip (Hamilton) are going to have 15," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "There's going to be good shot distribution. The defense on the ball is going to be significant. It sets the tone for the team."