There are few more interesting questions going into the summer than “where does Derrick Rose land?”
The answer to this issue is in part predicated on how he recovers from another knee surgery, his third “clean up” surgery he’s had (he’s had four total knee surgeries, spread two on each knee). This one ended his season with the Knicks, but it took place on Wednesday and went well, according to the Knicks.
Rose, 28, put up solid numbers this season, averaging 18 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per-game. Offensively he was a replacement level NBA point guard, but defensively he was terrible and was a key part of the Knicks defensive issues as a team.
Considering this is a deep draft of point guards and that there are some good ones on the free agent market — Stephen Curry and Chris Paul likely stay put, but still there is Kyle Lowry, Jrue Holiday, George Hill, Jeff Teague, Patty Mills, all of whom rank above Rose — he may find a limited market for his services. After this surgery, and considering he hasn’t played in more than 66 games since his MVP season, it’s hard to imagine Rose getting more than two years guaranteed. Also, the top end for him financially could be $12 million or so, unless some team decides they need him to run the show and come in higher than expected.
Rose’s agent B.J. Armstrong was on a recent PBT Podcast and echoed what Rose himself said, that winning is what matters in choosing a new team for Rose this summer. If so, there are very good teams who might want him to come off the bench as a sixth man and provide depth at a lower price. Is Rose really willing to accept that? Or does he want the rock?
Like I said, watching what happens with Rose this summer will be fascinating.
During the 2014-15 season, Rockets star James Harden said the Warriors “ain’t even that good.”
Golden State went on to reach the last three NBA Finals, twice beating Houston in the playoffs, and win two championships.
The Rockets have since re-tooled around Harden, Chris Paul and several quality role players and are in first place. Houston looks like the biggest threat to the Warriors in the Western Conference.
Rockets center Clint Capela on the Warriors, via Dave Schilling of Bleacher Report:
“I expect to beat them,” Capela says.
That’s a fine sentiment. Saying it publicly is another matter. Not even Harden did that a couple years ago. He was recorded during a pregame team huddle.
There’s a fine line between self-fulfilling confidence and providing bulletin-board material to the opponent. There’s already some animosity between the teams stemming from the Stephen Curry-Harden MVP race in 2015, and it has bubbled since. No matter how harmless Capela’s remark might have been intended to be, it’ll be met contentiously in the Bay Area.
Oklahoma City traded for Victor Oladipo out of Orlando to be their third scorer, behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It didn’t exactly work out that way, Durant bolted town and when Westbrook went off Oladipo was looking for a place to fit in.
That place turned out to be the Pacers.
Oladipo has been playing like an All-Star this season with Indiana, and last week he was key in snapping Cleveland’s 13 game win streak, then turned around and dropped 47 points on Denver. For the week he averaged 35.7 points a game, shot 45.7 percent from three, plus grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game.
That will get you named the PBT Extra Player of the Week.
Paul George – who told the Pacers he’d leave in free agency, prompting them to trade him to the Thunder – expected boos in his return to Indiana.
Pacers fans delivered.
They’ve also booed him every time he has touched the ball, which will certainly persist.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Point guard John Wall was in the Washington Wizards’ lineup Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing nine games with a sore left knee.
Coach Scott Brooks said Wall would play in the mid-20-minute range, perhaps a bit more.
The Wizards (14-13), currently in first place in the Southeast Division, went 4-5 in Wall’s absence.
“He such a force offensively,” Brooks said of Wall. “He’s a two-way player and he’s one of the few guys in the league that can find open 3-point shooters going 100 miles an hour in transition.”
Wall, 27, is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.