2011 MVP Derrick Rose would provide the LA Clippers with a valuable scoring punch and ball handling off of the bench, but what will his asking price be?
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that free agent point guard Derrick Rose will be meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
Rose would fill the gaping hole at the backup point guard position and could be open to joining the team on a smaller deal with hopes of proving himself and earning a bigger payday in the future.
The point guard has also met with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Minnesota Timberwolves after playing for the New York Knicks last season.
While Rose would be a valuable backup for the team, the money he should command will hinge majorly on his mindset and ability to stay healthy. Griffin, Rose, and Gallinari on the same team is a lot of scoring punch and skill, but each player has had their own struggles with staying healthy in the past.
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While bringing Rose to LA to play off the bench would make sense, starting him over Patrick Beverley would be an incredibly unwise decision (which means Doc Rivers will probably do it). The guard is at his best when he has the ball in his hands and when the paint isn’t crowded, which it would be within a lineup with Griffin and Jordan.
Rose is an excellent penetrator and is still an above average ball handler and distributor and his struggles from three would make pairing him on the bench with Lou Williams, an above average shooter, an even better fit.
With Gordon Hayward signing in Boston, the rest of the NBA free agency dominoes will begin to fall and more news about the remaining roster spots on the Clippers should emerge.