Bulls' Rose: McGrady could help

LAS VEGAS -- Tracy McGrady used to be Derrick Rose's favorite player, so it should come as no surprise that Rose wants the Chicago Bulls to sign the free agent guard/forward.

"That would be good," Rose said Friday after Team USA's final day of practice at Cox Pavilion. "I think that if he comes along, he could help our team.

"A player like him, with his experience and how he plays, I think it would help us."

McGrady is scheduled to work out for the Bulls on Monday, and Rose knows that if the 31-year-old former All-Star is healthy, he could be an asset for a roster that already has upgraded itself this season with the addition of Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson and Kurt Thomas.

McGrady has undergone surgeries on his left knee, and he played in just 30 games last season.

"He's good," Rose said. "He's a player. If he just gives us half of what he's got, we'll be all right.

"But I know a player like him, he's going to go out there and give us his all, but he'll definitely help us if we get him on the team."

Rose, 21, has been following McGrady's career since he came into the NBA in 1997.

"He was my favorite player when I was probably in like sixth or seventh grade, when he first came into the league," Rose said. "Then through high school, that's when LeBron [James] came, and then he was my favorite player.

"Now I'm my own favorite player."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.