Free agent Derrick Rose, Clippers meet

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers also reportedly met with 7-foot center JaVale McGee, though he remains a strong possibility to re-sign with defending champion Golden State, where he was a productive reserve last season (6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds in about 9.6 minutes per game). Derrick Rose is far from the player he was when he was winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award, starting in All-Star Games and establishing himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA. Injuries to both knees, and the subsequent surgeries, have made sure of that.However, he emerged to average 18 points for the New York Knicks last season and for a team such as the Clippers, that kind of production could be worth a few bucks. Maybe even their $8.4 million mid-level exception.Clippers executives met in Los Angeles with the three-time All-Star on Wednesday to discuss a possible union. The team is looking to fill out its roster after losing All-Star point guard Chris Paul before the start of free agency. Since then, the Clippers have added pieces that will keep them competitive in the Western Conference.The additions of Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and, the biggest catch, forward Danilo Gallinari, don’t necessarily make the Clippers contenders. Would Rose? It depends on which player the Clippers can get.center_img At his best, he is still one of the league’s best at getting to the rim. He is just 28.It remains to be seen how seriously he views the Clippers as a potential landing spot and, likewise, how eager the Clippers are to add him. They already have a starting-caliber point guard in Beverley, who was voted a first-team All-Defense guard along with Paul last season.Beverley averaged 9.2 points last season and was not a perimeter threat, shooting just 38.2 percent from 3-point range.The Clippers on Wednesday also expressed interest in another defensive-minded guard, Memphis free agent Tony Allen. The 35-year-old veteran won a championship with Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston and it would make sense that Rivers would seek a reunion.One report suggested the Clippers would look to add Allen via a sign and trade, but the team has limited options to offer after sending veteran Jamal Crawford packing in an agreed-upon sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta earlier this week.last_img

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