The San Antonio Spurs, and other Western Conference teams, turned their heads away from Derrick Rose in free agency.
The San Antonio Spurs expressed interest in Derrick Rose early in the NBA offseason, before the point guard situation developed the way it has. They ended up re-signing Patty Mills, drafting Derrick White and didn’t add an outside presence at the position in free agency.
Well, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose tried to join the Spurs, before going to Cleveland. However, the organization passed on him. Wojnarowski noted that this wasn’t just San Antonio, but “top Western Conference teams.” This included the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers had interest, but only to play behind Lonzo Ball.
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Now, Rose will get the opportunity to play behind Irving on the Cavs, unless a deal strikes this offseason and leads to him becoming the starter at point guard on Opening Night. It will be interesting to see how soon that could come to fruition.
For the Spurs, it’s possible they passed due to the Memphis product’s extensive medical history. He’s had four knee surgeries, including one at the end of the 2016-17 season with the New York Knicks. It’s limited him to just 191 of a possible 410 games since the start of the 2012-13 season.
Without Rose, as the way things stand, the Spurs will use a combination of Mills, White, and Dejounte Murray at point guard. This is while Tony Parker recovers from a torn quad, potentially missing the fall games and into the winter. Manu Ginobili and Bryn Forbes could be candidates to take occasional distribution duties, too.
Did the Spurs do right in their pass on Rose? Will they regret it?