Derrick Rose and the Milwaukee Bucks could hold a meeting as soon as this weekend, sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes on Thursday. Haynes notes that when a date is finalized the meeting will likely take place in Los Angeles.
This would be the second meeting this offseason between the Bucks and three-time All-Star and former MVP. Rose would join a young Milwaukee core that helped lead the team to a sixth-place finish in the Eastern Conference last year before losing to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the postseason.
Rose would give the Bucks a backcourt consisting of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who made his first All-Star team last year, Khris Middleton and last season’s Rookie of the Year, Malcolm Brogdon. Milwaukee also has Matthew Dellavedova and Gary Payton II at point guard and agreed to a four-year deal with former Bulls guard Tony Snell earlier this offseason.
The Bucks would have to open up some salary cap space in order to afford Rose’s services. They are currently $1.6 million over the tax and could only pay rose $5.2 million, though Haynes points to John Henson as a possible trade candidate. Henson and the Bucks have a mutual interest in a trade, with him being stuck behind Greg Monroe, and he has three years, $32 million remaining on his deal.
Rose spent one season with the Knicks after being traded from the Chicago Bulls last offseason and averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games. He averaged 19.7 points and 6.0 assists in seven seasons with the Bulls after being taken with the first overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft out of Memphis.