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Tom Thibodeau: 'Derrick Rose injury won't deter free agents'

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau does not expect Derrick Rose's knee injury to put free agents off joining the team.

Tom Thibodeau has said that he does not expect free agents to be put off joining the Chicago Bulls this off-season because of Derrick Rose's knee injury.

The former league MVP returned from a year off with an ACL injury last season, but missed the majority of the campaign after tearing his meniscus in November.

The coach told ESPN: "Not really. In the NBA, injuries are part of it. And most guys go through a period in their own career when they're injured.

"I think our situation is very attractive when you look at the players that we have. I think the depth of our team and who we are, when you look at, obviously, Derrick being back is huge for us.

"But also where Joakim [Noah] is and Taj [Gibson], and you look at a Mike Dunleavy and now a Doug [McDermott]. We're going to have good quality depth so I think that part makes it very attractive and you look at what our team has done and we feel if you're looking for a place to play, this is as good as any."

Rose has managed to play just 50 games in the last three seasons.

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