The Indiana Pacers are primed for what could be a very busy and entertaining offseason. With the move already made to fire head coach Nate Bjorkgren, changes to the roster seem likely. Could a potential move for Derrick Rose in free agency be in the cards for Indiana?
Rose is fresh off of an impressive run with the New York Knicks following a midseason trade from the Detroit Pistons. He showed that he still has some great basketball left in him and that he can play a big role for any team that comes calling with a good contract.
Kenneth Teape of NBA Analysis Network named the Pacers as a potential landing spot for Rose this offseason in free agency.
If Derrick Rose legitimately tests free agency and has any inkling about leaving New York and Thibodeau, the Pacers have to jump in. He would be a great fit and elevate the team to help get back into the postseason.
What could the Pacers really use this offseason? Well, they could always use more offensive firepower and they need a guy to come in off the bench and lead their second unit. Rose did just that with the Knicks this season.
During his 35-game stint with the Knicks this season, Rose ended up averaging 14.9 points per game to go along with 4.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds. He shot 48.7 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 41.1 percent of his three-point attempts. Those numbers would look awfully nice coming off of the bench for the Pacers next season.
Granted, actually being able to convince him to come to Indiana could be the tricky part. The Pacers aren’t exactly an NBA Finals contender and they aren’t a big market either. However, Kevin Pritchard should absolutely look into this option.
Expect to see the Pacers look to be busy this offseason as they try to tinker with their roster to make a deep playoff run. With a new head coach and a good roster core, adding a piece like Derrick Rose could be exactly what the team needs to become a serious Eastern Conference contender.