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Derrick Rose is truly one of the NBA’s more intriguing free agents.
Just three short years ago, Rose was a star point guard and the Chicago Bulls were a team on the rise with Rose, Jimmy Butler and a still productive Joakim Noah. They were viewed as the Cavs’ top threat in the East.
Now? The Bulls are a mess and Rose’s knees may be, too. But they may not be — no one seems to know for sure.
What we do know is Rose is viewed quite differently after a season with the New York Knicks. National pundits criticize his defense, his outside shot, his overall effectiveness. Some are basing it on things they’ve read, as opposed to actually having watched him play, but it’s hard to gauge how far Rose may have fallen.
The basketball travesty that was the Knicks is hardly a good measuring stick. And the triangle offense implemented by the Knicks is not an offense that’s resulted in big numbers from point guards. Ron Harper, Derek Fisher, John Paxson and B.J. Armstrong were others who directed the triangle, and while all were nice players, none are exactly headed for the Hall of Fame.
Today, Rose is drawing interest again — first from the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers, then the Milwaukee Bucks. More recently, it’s reportedly the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and even the Bulls themselves.
Rose is reportedly making a decision this weekend. The Cavs can offer him about $2.3 million, the Lakers nearly twice that much. The Cavs can offer him an opportunity to compete for a championship; the Lakers an exciting young team that appears to be on the way up.
So, where should Rose go? And will he even improve either club? Is Rose better suited to be a backup and occasional running mate of Kyrie Irving in the Cavs’ backcourt? Or would acting as a mentor for rookie Lonzo Ball with the Lakers be Rose’s next best move?
Where should he go? Let us know your thoughts on all things Rose, where he will play next and why, and even if you’d want him on your favorite team, in the comments section below. While we can’t always respond, we read every last thought.
As always, we look forward to seeing what you have to say!