I reject the idea that the Bulls can only rebuild through the draft, so yes, I don't find this particularly compelling. But let's accept your premise. You should be for this deal. The only downside of this deal is potentially long-term cap space, which you contend is not an asset. Do you really think that Lopez, Grant, and Calderon prevent tank aspirations next season? Heck, getting a 2nd year first round pick PG and giving him big minutes is exactly what a team would do if trying to tank and build around young guys.Can you think of any other way these Bulls can acquire a superstar other than high lotto picks?
They have not shown the ability to trade for one or acquire one via FA.
That leaves getting high lotto picks either by trade or losing.
But, given GarPax are calling the shots and lucked into the Rose pick and didn't realize how much of the winning they trumpet was due to Thibs, it really might not matter.
Its going to be really hard to luck into another #1 pick and have a cabinet member give the owner a hot tip on a world-class coach again.
If you want high picks, the only option is to move Jimmy. And that's fine, but that has nothing to do with whether the Rose deal was good or bad.