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Chicago with no Derrick Rose?

Numbers show why 2012 RFAs like Rose, Westbrook, Gordon and Love are keepers

Updated: August 6, 2011, 9:53 AM ET
By Chris Sprow | ESPN Insider
Derrick RoseAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhThere's no way the Bulls will let Derrick Rose get away. The numbers say that's a good thing.

This week, Insider has looked at the stars of the 2012 free-agent crop, headlined by Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. But there is also a batch of talented restricted free agents in the 2012 class that could garner serious interest. Today, we look at the value Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Eric Gordon bring to their respective teams.

Derrick Rose was born about 9.8 miles south of the United Center, grew up rooting for the Bulls and landed with the team based on an almost miraculous bounce of a ping pong ball. There's fate, then there's this, something out of the hoops documentary series right after the kid from Carolina who once got cut from JV, or the Central Arkansas walk-on who grew five inches and became a star. This all came together so beautifully, so there's absolutely no reason it should ever come apart.

Except money, of course. Rose will be a restricted free agent next year, and it'll be time for the Bulls to pay Rose enough to make Rosewood, Ill., Derrickwood if he wants it that way. When the negotiating starts, we assume Rose will pull out numbers like the ones you see below. In order, we ran AccuScore projections of all of next season's key restricted free agents -- Rose, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon and Kevin Love -- to see just how much the current team figures to miss them should they depart. Replacing each with a replacement-level player at that position, we consider the difference the star makes.