3 Top Destinations For Former MVP In Free Agency

With the New York Knicks bidding farewell to veteran point guard Derrick Rose, it's fair to ask where the 34-year-old could find himself next season. 

Rose only got into 27 games for Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau this past season, including appearing in just one game (less than three minutes) over the final three months of the campaign.

Knicks beat writer Steve Popper of Newsday suggests there are a number of contenders who could use Rose off the bench:

Phoenix Suns

With Chris Paul moving on to Golden State (via Washington), the Suns are looking to rebuild their backcourt, and they could do worse than having Rose pick up 15 minutes off the bench. He averaged 12 points and four assists per game for the Knicks in 24 minutes in a reserve role in 2021-22. 

Chicago Bulls

Lead guard Lonzo Ball will miss his second straight complete season in 2023-24 due to his puzzling knee injury. The Bulls could use an experienced point guard to pick up some minutes. Rose, of course, is beloved in the Windy City, the scene of his dynamic explosion into the NBA, including his MVP season in 2010-11. It would be one of the feel-good stories of the season, and with the Lonzo situation, the Bulls sure could use one.

Boston Celtics

The C's traded away their heart and soul in the backcourt, Marcus Smart, in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. In addition, last year's third guard, Malcolm Brogdon is facing some serious injury issues. They are in need in the backcourt, and perhaps Rose can fill that need in a bench role. 

Popper also mentioned the Lakers as a possibility, but it seems that they've already got their hands full deciding what to do with their own free agent point guards, D'Angelo Russell and Dennis Schroder. 

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