New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose — who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, is reportedly considering the Milwaukee Bucks as a destination, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) March 9, 2017
The idea of playing in Milwaukee has intrigued Rose, who told the New York Post before the game against the Bucks on Wednesday.
“Of course this is like home, only an hour-thirty away. Easy for [family] to come but they usually don’t come.”
“I watched him even in college — my family is a basketball family, we’re all basketball heads,” Rose told Berman.
The 28-year old guard, who is very family-orientated, has not enjoyed the greatest of tenures in New York, as the franchise are currently slumped at 26-39, five-and-a-half games out of playoff contention.
Going into the season, the Knicks were expected to be a real threat in the Eastern Conference behind their seemingly invincible ‘Big Three,’ consisting of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Rose. However, the shots just haven’t been falling for New York, who have endured a difficult season thus far. With so much disaster, the team is now widely touted as the most dysfunctional in the entire league.
Matters were made even worse when on January 10th, Rose was fined for going AWOL and missing a game to supposedly tend to a ‘family issue’ without notifying team officials prior to their match-up with the New Orleans Pelicans the previous night.
Derrick Rose going AWOL for a night feels like a hundred years and thousand dramas ago for these Knicks …
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 10, 2017
Despite the aforementioned, Rose is still putting up some impressive numbers for the Knicks, averaging 17.9 points and 4.5 assists per contest while shooting at a 46.7-percent clip over the course of 56 games this season. Numbers that make him hot property in this upcoming free agent class.
The Bucks, on the other hand, have done better thus far, as they sit just half a game out of the playoffs. They would be left giddy at the idea of Rose heading to the Bucks, who have been in desperate need of some added firepower after their second-highest scorer Jabari Parker was ruled out for 12 months earlier this season.
Note: They currently deploy Rookie of the Year candidate Malcolm Brogdon.
Rose would certainly bring a much needed scoring touch to Milwaukee, but it is likely they will face steep competition from other suitors for the former Chicago Bulls point guard’s signature.