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Report: Mavericks “serious contender” to sign Derrick Rose

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Derrick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks dribbles against the Toronto Raptors during their game at Madison Square Garden on February 27, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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We have reached the point in free agency where Derrick Rose very well may be the best point guard available. Either him or Rajon Rondo. The Clippers were so impressed with those options they went out and plucked Milos Teodosic out of Europe.

What teams are interested in Rose? While the Knicks had been rumored, the Dallas Mavericks may be moving to the front of the line, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Dallas seems an odd fit, which is why the report the Mavs are not making this move reports from long-time Dallas reporter Eddie Sefko makes more sense.

A source said that the Mavericks are not in the market for Rose, even though they have had good success in the past with players coming off major injuries.

This sounds like an agent trying to create leverage in other negotiations.

The Mavericks have two young point guards they like on the roster in Yogi Ferrell and the just-drafted Dennis Smith Jr., plus Seth Curry spent about half his time at the point last season. Also, they have J.J. Barea under contract for a couple of years, although he is fading. Maybe Dallas want’s another veteran point guard, maybe this sets up another move. But they seem to have bigger needs.

That said, a few other sources have supported this idea, so it is something to watch.