Derrick Rose is almost guaranteed to be traded ahead of Thursday’s deadline, according to latest NBA Trade Rumors.
The former MVP is slated to make a little more than $21 million next season and the Chicago Bulls are viewing the home-grown point guard’s salary as a liability. It’s safe to say that Rose’s contract is the worst in the league when you consider that he’s averaging 15.9 points and 4.8 assists for a team that is barely in the playoff picture.
Buyout on the cards…
Chicago is actively trying to find a suitor willing to absorb Rose’s massive contract. One source close to the Bulls reckons that a buy-out is very much on the cards – in case no other team steps up. Rose won’t enter free agency until 2017/18 and the Bulls would rather buy him out and ship him to another team – similar to what Brooklyn Nets did with Deron Williams this past offseason. Williams’ contract was very similar to Rose’s.
If you look around the league, Portland Trailblazers is the only team that can realistically absorb Rose’s contract without giving up any assets. However, Portland already have a star-studded backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Rose has been linked with the New York Knicks on several occasions. However, Knicks don’t have the cap space to absorb Rose’s salary. Unless Rose allows Chicago to buyout his contract, this hypothetical trade can bring the former all-star to Madison Square Garden.
Knicks move still possible…
ESPN Trade Machine has approved a trade in which New York send Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon to Chicago for Rose. This wouldn’t be a terrible move for either team. The Bulls have little depth in the front court after the injuries to Joakim Noah and Nikola Merotic. Chicago could demand for rookie point guard Jerian Grant to be added to the package – and New York might just succumb.
Where will Rose land before Thursday’s deadline? Stay tuned for latest NBA Trade Rumors.