Former first overall draft pick Derrick Rose is among five Chicago Bulls players who are on the NBA’s “visa waiver and health protocol list”. Chicago’s list includes former second overall draft pick Lauri Markkanen and defensive specialists Doug McDermott and Tyler Univer.
Rose and the other five players will require a special visa waiver from the NBA to play for the Bulls in the upcoming season. The restriction applies to players selected with the first, second or third overall picks in June’s draft, or players selected in the first 10 rounds of previous drafts who have not yet completed their rookie contract or waived their $845,000 non-guaranteed salary.
Lauri Markkanen and Derrick Rose signed rich deals with the Bulls in June. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images
“Upon return from the European market in July, the players on the waiver and health protocol list are required to undergo stringent medical examinations, which include MRI exams and medical surveillance in conjunction with at least one League-approved sports medicine facility,” the NBA said in a statement. “Once the evaluation process is complete, the players’ eligibility for clearance for participation with the team may be determined. The waiver and health protocol list includes only players whose clearance is pending and may be subject to additional review.”
Lauri Markkanen ranked fifth in Rookie of the Year voting and the 6ft 10in forward was the first Jazzman drafted that high since Milt Palacio in 1990. The 6ft 10in guard Markkanen and Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, signed rich deals this summer. Markkanen, who averaged 20.2 points per game, signed a six-year, $95m deal, while Rose, who had an All-Star season last year before a horrendous playoff, signed a three-year, $94m deal with a player option for a fourth year.
Both Markkanen and Rose, who could be sidelined by a nagging quadriceps injury, are very much in the Bulls’ plans.