Bulls, Rose to open preseason vs. Wizards

Derrick Rose is expected to make his return to the United Center in a Chicago Bulls uniform on Oct. 6 against the Washington Wizards, part of an eight-game preseason schedule the team announced on Monday.

Rose is scheduled to make his first appearance at the United Center as an active player since Nov. 18, 2013 when his Team USA plays Brazil Saturday in an exhibition tuneup for the FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 30 in Spain.

Rose missed all of the 2012-13 season with a torn ACL and all but 10 games of last season after suffering a with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The Bulls will get their first look at the new Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 20 on the campus of Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

With LeBron James returning to Cleveland and a trade for Kevin Love reportedly in place, the Cavaliers are ESPN.com's pick to win the Eastern Conference this season with the Bulls coming in second.

The Bulls' opener against the Wizards is one of four games at the United Center. The Bulls will also play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 24 in St. Louis.

The NBA has yet to release its full regular season schedule.