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San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Derrick Rose Receiving ‘Strong Interest’

By Rob Wolkenbrod
Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) dribbles up the court during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 22, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) dribbles up the court during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs have a need at point guard, which could be filled by signing Derrick Rose.

When Tony Parker went down in the NBA playoffs, it opened up a need at point guard for the San Antonio Spurs. They have Dejounte Murray in place on the depth chart, but no one else outside of him. Patty Mills, who played both guard positions last season, is a free agent this summer.

The fan-favorite choice at point guard will be Chris Paul. If and when he terminates the final year of his contract, he’ll be a free agent.

Paul is no guarantee to join San Antonio, though, so the team could turn toward alternatives. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, they have “strong interest” in Derrick Rose, who will be a free agent in July.

Question is, who would Spurs target in FA if they can clear space? CP3? Or Derrick Rose? They have strong interest in both.

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2017

Rose is coming off his first — and maybe only — season with the New York Knicks. He arrived in an offseason trade from the Chicago Bulls and was immediately inserted at point guard.

In 64 games, Rose averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game on 47 percent shooting. This was the highest points average he had since the 2011-12 season. However, Rose tore the meniscus in his knee in early April, which potentially hampers his value and represents more of the same.

Once an NBA MVP, the former Memphis star’s stock fell off after suffering a knee injury in the 2012 NBA playoffs. It led to him missing the 2012-13 season, playing just 10 games in 2013-14, and dealing with more ailments in two more seasons with the Bulls, before the trade to New York.

So there’s risk involved if the Spurs sign Rose. Talent is there, but it depends on the money he’s signed for.

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Should San Antonio sign Rose? If so, how long of a deal is he worth?

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