The Bernstein Brief: Hard Pass On Derrick Rose Return To Bulls

Posted July 23, 2017

Free agent Derrick Rose is in talks with the defending Eastern Conference champions, ESPN says, on a contract that would bring the former MVP to Cleveland. In the latter case, ESPN's Chris Haynes has noted that the meeting between Rose and the Los Angeles Lakers earlier on Thursday lasted three hours. Last season, the Cavaliers were the only team to use the exemption.

Rose's fit with the Lakers is a little concerning and comes with a territory. The Bucks also have shown interest in Rose.

It was another awful year for the Knicks as the team finished 31-51, good enough for a 12th place in the Eastern Conference. He sat out the 2012-13 season with the Bulls due to injury and only played 10 games the following year. The Lakers had Rose on their radar as one of a handful of candidates for the backup point-guard spot. Perry said Monday he would like to add a point guard.

The expectations were high, as even Rose himself called the new Knicks a "super team" in a conversation with Lang Whitaker of NBA.com. The Lakers are trying to entice Rose to sign with them, suggesting they can offer more playing time and money in a better environment after Rose's tumultuous season in NY, sources said. Players and coaches alike weren't aware of his whereabouts.

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His season ended April 2 after a left knee injury that required the fourth knee surgery of his nine-year National Basketball Association career. Rose has remained off team's shortlists after a disappointing season with the Knicks.

Two options stand above all others as safe bets for the point guard: the Bulls and the Knicks.

Rose, who played collegiately at Memphis, has averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 assists in his eight-year career.