Rose reportedly wants to play for Bucks

Derrick Rose remains among one of the league's elite finishers at the rim.
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Free agent point guard Derrick Rose met with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday and the meeting went well, according to a report by the Racine Journal Times.

The Racine Journal Times is also reporting that Rose wants to be in Milwaukee.

As the third option on offense in New York this past season, Rose averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per game while shooting an efficient 47.1 percent from the field. He was the fourth best driver in the league based off of points off drives as well.

While the youngest MVP in NBA history did undergo his fourth knee surgery towards the end of the season, the good news is that Rose has been back on the court since April and is 100 percent healthy now.

Anyone who says Rose isn’t one of the most explosive players in the game still, clearly didn’t watch him play this year. The eye test alone shows Rose’s speed in transition and ability to get to the rim at will is on an elite level.

Instead of bashing the guy constantly, we should all be commending Rose for not giving up after the setbacks he’s endured and still showing world-class speed after four major knee surgeries. No player in NBA history has ever done that before.

Rose doesn’t shoot or make threes, but he’s nearly automatic from the mid-range.

There are a few reasons why Rose wants to play for the up-and-coming Bucks.

Rose’s son, P.J. Rose, lives in Chicago. Derrick has made it very clear both publicly and privately that his son is the most important thing in his life right now and being around him is crucial.

Chicago is about a two hour drive from Milwaukee, so Rose’s family would most likely be able to travel to all the Bucks’ home games.

Another rationalization as to why Rose wants to play for the Bucks is because of his special connection with fellow Chicago native, Jabari Parker.

Rose and Parker attended Simeon Career Academy for high school and Parker views Rose as his idol and mentor. Rose’s family is very close with Parker’s and the two keep in touch a lot throughout the season and summertime.

Jabari Parker and Derrick Rose as kids in Chicago.

A Big Three of Rose, Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo would strike fear into the hearts of opposing defenses. There’s no defense you can play that would stop those three on the fast break.

The Bucks do need to clear cap space if they want to sign Rose. A sign-and-trade involving the Knicks could be in play.