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Derrick Rose met with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, the latest stop in a tour of potential destinations for the New York Knicks’ free agent point guard.
Per the Los Angeles Daily News:
Clippers executives met in Los Angeles with the three-time All-Star on Wednesday to discuss a possible union. The team is looking to fill out its roster after losing All-Star point guard Chris Paul before the start of free agency. Since then, the Clippers have added pieces that will keep them competitive in the Western Conference.
The additions of Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and, the biggest catch, forward Danilo Gallinari, don’t necessarily make the Clippers contenders. Would Rose? It depends on which player the Clippers can get.
At his best, he is still one of the league’s best at getting to the rim. He is just 28.
Rose averaged 18.4 points last season in his lone year with the Knicks. While he is said to be open to a return, he has also been heavily recruited by the Milwaukee Bucks and has been drawing interest from the San Antonio Spurs.
The questions tend to surround Rose’s explosiveness, and whether he has lost a step after a series of injuries while with the Chicago Bulls. Still, most around the league say Rose remains, at worst, a viable starter, smart floor leader and tough competitor.