The Milwaukee Bucks could be in the market for some help at point guard.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday morning that the team is hosting free agent guard Derrick Rose, most recently of the New York Knicks. Milwaukee is already over the salary cap, and would need to shed contracts to sign a high-priced player such as Rose, according to Wojnarowski.
Named the 2011 NBA MVP while with Chicago, Rose played in just 49 games the next three years due to knee injuries and was eventually traded last summer to the Knicks. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game, as New York struggled to a 31-51 record.
Rose is originally from Chicago and could be looking to get back to the Midwest.
The Bucks used a combination of Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova at point guard a year ago, though Giannis Antetokounmpo served as the primary ball handler and led the team in assists.
Milwaukee blew a 20-point second-half lead and lost 114-110 to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
The Bucks had no answer for Dennis Schroder, who scored a career-high 33 points, and helped the Hawks shoot 62 percent in the third quarter to turn the tide, including a 13-3 run to start the half. After trailing for much of the night, Atlanta took the lead with 3:15 left in the game courtesy of a jumper from Kyle Korver.
Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker answered back with a 3-pointer to give the Bucks the lead back, but Schroder scored at the other end and the Hawks led the rest of the way.
“He’s a good player,” Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova said of Schroder. “We let him reject too many screens and then he was knocking down his 3-point shot as well. He’s a good player but we have to do a better job as well.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited much of the night due to foul trouble, playing just 24 minutes and finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. Parker led the way with 27 points.
“He’s got to go through it,” coach Jason Kidd said of Antetokounmpo playing in foul trouble. “Everyone in that locker room has to go through it and learn how to play with fouls, and understand it’s about wins and not about stats. Once we get to that level, we’ll be pretty good.”
The loss dropped Milwaukee to 11-10 on the year. They’ll travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Wizards Saturday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks continued their spending spree on role players on Monday, re-signing restricted free agent center Miles Plumlee.
The deal, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, is worth $52 million over four years.
Plumlee averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games, including 14 starts, last season, his second in Milwaukee since being traded from Phoenix. The former Duke product will turn 28 in September.
Earlier this offseason, the Bucks gave guard Matthew Dellavedova a 4-year, $38 million contract in a sign-and-trade deal with Cleveland, while forward Mirza Teletovic signed as a free agent for $30 million over three years.