Milwaukee Bucks’ point guard target – Derrick Rose (Free Agency)
Derrick Rose and the Milwaukee Bucks have been linked to one another for years. It seems like the two sides will eventually end up joining forces. The Bucks reportedly tried to make that a reality in the past few months, as veteran NBA insider Marc Stein reported that they expressed interest in Rose ahead of the 2023 trade deadline. They didn’t get him them, but perhaps they could during free agency this offseason.
On paper, Rose’s fit with the Bucks would be a bit wonky. He’s never been much of a long-distance shooter, and his age would not help the team get any younger. However, he’s a pure point guard at the end of the day who can still score and facilitate at a high level. The 34-year-old would give the Bucks a major lift in both departments and allow Holiday to focus more on the defensive end. He’s proven to be one of the better reserves league-wide over the past few years, and the Bucks could certainly use more of that in their second unit.
Rose is coming off a season where he was essentially booted from New York’s rotation in favor of their youth. After sitting on the bench for a good chunk of the year, it would not be surprising at all if the Knicks declined his upcoming $15.6 million club option, allowing Rose to enter the free agent market. If that happened, Rose would likely not be seeking a hefty deal, which is where the Bucks could swoop in. If they could get the former MVP on a team-friendly deal, it would be a big boost ahead of next season.