Derrick Rose is scheduled to return to the United Center in a Chicago Bulls uniform on Oct. 6.
The Bulls released their preseason schedule Monday morning, and that date against the Washington Wizards is the first game. The Wizards eliminated the Rose-less Bulls from last season's playoffs in the first round.
Rose actually will return to the United Center this Saturday in a USA Basketball exhibition against Brazil. But the preseason opener will be his first game at home in a Bulls uniform since tearing his right meniscus last November 22.
The Bulls also will face LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers, who are expected to add Kevin Love, on Oct. 20 at Ohio State.
Other road games include Oct. 7 at the Pistons and Oct. 11 at the Bucks and Chicago native Jabari Parker.
The other home preseason games are Oct. 13 vs. the Nuggets, Oct. 16 vs. the Hawks and Oct. 19 vs. the Hornets. An Oct. 24 preseason finale against the Timberwolves is a home game, though it will be played at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.