Would a Derrick Rose Trade to Dallas Even Make Sense?
Bill Simmons recently posted a mailbag column where he suggested trades for every team using Trade Machine. The one for the Mavericks has some people talking.
Bill Simmons, on The Ringer, posted another mailbag column where he answered questions from people who wrote in. One of the questions was asking him to use Trade Machine to create a trade for every franchise.
There were some legit trades along with some comical ones (like Memphis trading Vince Carter to ESPN for Tracy McGrady) but the one of the Mavericks has already gotten some fans talking.
In the column, Simmons simply suggested…
“Dallas trades the Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut expirings to New York for Derrick Rose’s expiring (and New York immediately buys out Bogut to save some cash for the inevitable Charles Oakley civil suit).”
Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut have been the center of trade rumors for the Mavericks as both veterans are on expiring deals and could be contributors on contending teams. But they could also be used to match a larger salary, like Derrick Rose.
The Knicks are currently in the middle of a season from Hell and are on the outside looking into the playoffs. It doesn’t look like Carmelo Anthony is going anywhere before the deadline, but what if they unloaded Rose’s expiring contract?
For the Knicks, getting out of the Derrick Rose situation could be the only priority they have surrounding Rose. Several NBA-themed podcasts have even suggested the idea that New York would buy out Rose if they couldn’t find a trade partner.
Then there was the report from ESPN’s Ian Begley that there were multiple teams interested in trading for Rose. So could New York get something for him instead of buying him out?
In Simmons deal, they would get an expiring Williams that could fill in for the rest of the season. Simmons then suggested they would buy out Andrew Bogut. The cost of buying out Bogut compared to Rose could be a significant amount, thus the reason they would do the deal.
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Simmons is probably suggesting this trade because the trade market for Rose is as dry as it has ever been. The fact that they might not get any type of younger piece or a draft pick is kind of crazy considering the player Rose was not that long ago.
Rose would come into Dallas and be the starting point guard alongside of Seth Curry. Say what you want about Rose, but he would give the Mavericks a penetrating threat in the paint that could open up shots around the perimeter.
The interesting part of this trade would be the fact that all three players in the deal would most likely be on three different teams next season as they are all three expiring.
ESPN’s Ian Begley reported earlier in the year that Rose could be seeking a max contract his offseason, something that Dallas (if not everyone) is not going to pay.
So if the goal is even to bring Rose in for a playoff push, would his on-court talents even help that? Basically, would you rather have Rose or Williams the rest of the season running the point?
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Talents, chemistry, and fit are a whole different discussion I’m not going to go down at the moment, but I’m still holding out hope that Dallas can turn one of, if not both, of their expiring veterans into something that could be on the roster after June.