Amonth ago, there was an inkling that the Bulls were interested in bringing Derrick Rose home.

New York Post reporter Marc Berman confirmed that the feelings were mutual. The Bulls offered the Chicago native a contract, which he expressed interest in.

However, that offer was eclipsed by the New York Knicks, who signed Rose to a three-year, $43 million deal earlier this month, per ESPN. Rose’s $14.3 million annual salary is the largest for the former 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player in the past five years.

“Bulls made an offer and Derrick had interest coming home but Knicks blew it away, per source,” Berman reported via Twitter on Wednesday after the announcement of Rose’s signing.

Thibodeau Pivotal in Striking Rose Deal

After bouncing around the NBA on one- and two-year, veteran minimum deals since he left Chicago, Rose has found a new home in New York where his loyalty lies with coach Tom Thibodeau, who likely played a pivotal role in Rose hitting big on his contract as a backup point guard.