Derrick Rose’s 2017-18 NBA season has to be one of the most rollercoaster seasons any player has ever had in the league.
After finishing up his contract with the New York Knicks last season, Rose became a free agent and was picked up by the reigning Eastern Conference champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Many thought that a move to join one of the best teams in the league, as well as joining forces with former rival LeBron James, would breathe new life into Rose’s career.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as Rose only managed to suit up in 16 games for the Cavs, having to deal with a left ankle injury, as well as off-court issues, limiting Rose’s opportunity to take to the court for Cleveland.
Eventually, Cleveland decided Rose was expendable based on his production this season — averaging 9.8 points and 1.6 assists a game in 19.3 minutes a game — and promptly traded him away alongside Jae Crowder to the Utah Jazz for Rodney Hood at the trade deadline.
Utah seemingly didn’t have much use for Rose either and waived him immediately, and Rose is now sitting at home waiting for a call from any prospective NBA squads willing to pick him up. And after almost a month waiting, the former MVP may finally have an offer or two.
According to Clippers beat writer Tomer Azarly, Los Angeles are looking at signing Rose after fellow point guard Tyrone Wallace’s two-way contract expired.
Source: I'm told the #Clippers are considering free agent point guard Derrick Rose, and that there isn't much progress on a deal with Tyrone Wallace at the moment.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) February 28, 2018
The Clippers have a decision to make however. They can either take a chance and sign Rose to replace Wallace on the roster, gambling on Derrick’s health and commitment to the game for the rest of the season and hopefully playoffs, or sign Wallace to a brand-new deal whenever they choose. If they don’t decide to resign Wallace, he is still able to rejoin the team after March 24, the date when the Clippers’ G-League affiliate team — the Agua Caliente Clippers’ — season ends. If LA decides to go that route though, Wallace will not be eligible to play in the postseason, something the Clippers are in the hunt for.
The Clips aren’t the only team with their eyes on Rose though apparently.
According to sources, people within Rose’s camp are hoping that the likes of Oklahoma City come knocking for Rose’s services.
There’s a hope within Rose’s camp that the Oklahoma City Thunder—down a guard with the loss of Andre Roberson and looking for any edge they can find to contend with the Golden State Warriors and/or Houston Rockets in the postseason—may still come calling. As of Wednesday, there was no traction there, sources said.
The addition of Rose wouldn’t make much sense to OKC in the long term, but perhaps in an effort to compete with the firepower of the Rockets and Warriors, the Thunder do happen to sign Rose on for the rest of the season and the subsequent postseason.
Whatever the case may be, Rose’s career in the NBA is definitely far from over.