Could Derrick Rose Find His Way to the Dallas Mavericks?
As the Chicago Bulls enter an offseason with many roster questions up in the air, could Derrick Rose be on his way out?
The Chicago Bulls are at crossroads as a franchise after missing the playoffs with first year head coach, Fred Hoiberg. Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, the starting front court for the Bulls, both look to be on their way out and star wing player Jimmy Butler has been in the middle of trade talks going back to the trade deadline.
Then there is Derrick Rose. Rose finished the season missing only 16 games on the season compared to 31 games the year before. He averaged over 16 points on the season while shooting his best field goal percentage in the past three years.
The former MVP is still just 27 years old and is under contract for one more season at a whopping $21.3 million dollars. So what does Chicago do with Rose?
If Chicago does decide to go the rebuild route, they could look to shed Rose’s contract to free up cap space for the summer.
Enter the Dallas Mavericks.
The whole NBA knows the history with free agents and the Dallas Mavericks. From Dwight Howard and Deron Williams to Carmelo Anthony and DeAndre Jordan, Dallas has had some bad luck come free agency.
So what if disaster strikes in Dallas over the summer and they miss out on all potential free agent fits? What if Chandler Parsons added to it and left in free agency for greener pastures?
Dallas could look to work the trade market for players they could absorb into their empty cap space. With only six players under contract for next season, Dallas has PLENTY of money to spend come the summer.
If Chicago does weigh the trade market for Rose, the asking price won’t be high as no team will be looking to offer much for the overpriced guard. The mindset behind trading Rose would simply be shedding the contract while still getting $.50 on the dollar in return.
If Dallas did miss out on other options, Derrick Rose wouldn’t be the worst option.
With Dirk Nowitzki still in the final year(s) of his career, Dallas is still in win-now mode as they look to put together a worthy team to compete around Dirk. Taking a chance for one year on the 27-year-old point guard would be something I would take the chance on despite his injury riddled past.
A package centered around Devin Harris and some second rounders may get the job done as Chicago would get a vet guard and cap space to chase free agents over the summer.
For Dallas, fitting a max contract in for Chandler Parsons and adding Rose would make the payroll somewhat tight, but it wouldn’t be impossible. A Rose, Matthews, Parsons, Nowitzki, Mejri starting unit wouldn’t be ideal, but wouldn’t be the worse they could do in possibly Dirk’s last season.
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Rose coming to Dallas is a longshot, but considering the potential Chicago rebuild, Dallas’ luck in free agency, and the Mavericks’ willingness to take the risk to “win now”, the phone call could take place.