Point guard Derrick Rose was acquired by the New York Knicks from the Detroit Pistons during the 2020-21 regular season. New York acquired the former NBA MVP in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr. and a future second-round pick.
While some people were unsure of how the trade would play out, it was a great deal for the Knicks.
Rose carried over the same great play he was providing off the Pistons bench to New York City. He showed some of his vintage burst offensively, as opposing teams are still struggling to keep him out of the paint.
Rose averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game for New York in the regular season, appearing in 35 games. He was even better in the postseason, averaging 19.4 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 35 minutes per game. He took over the starting point guard role from Elfrid Payton as well.
As Rose enters his age-33 season, he has shown that he has plenty left to offer and team and his tank isn’t near empty. Several teams would love to have him coming off the bench.
Here are three teams that are an ideal fit for Derrick Rose in NBA free agency this summer.
The Miami Heat could have a point guard issue this offseason. Goran Dragic has an expensive player option that the organization could have to decline so they can make other moves during the season. Kendrick Nunn is entering restricted free agency as well.
With both of their point guards from the last few seasons potentially hitting free agency, there is a chance one, if not both, has a new team for next season. Even if the team retains one, Derrick Rose would still be a great fit.
Rose could lead the Heat’s second unit with his scoring and playmaking. His leadership and experience would also be a good addition, as teams raved about the work he does with young players on a team.
Tyler Herro and Precious Achiuwa would be two players that would benefit from this if the Heat were to add Derrick Rose.