Saturday , February 10, 2018 - 10:00 PM
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As the Washington Wizards pursue veteran point guard depth, the team has focused its attention on a few players including a one-time NBA MVP as well as a familiar face.
Washington has expressed interest in signing Derrick Rose or Ramon Sessions, who played as John Wall’s backup from 2014-16, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Wizards’ front office has had recent conversations with Rose’s representation and has remained in contact with Sessions’s camp since he was waived by the New York Knicks in mid-January.
On Saturday, Rose, who was acquired by the Utah Jazz in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, was granted a release and became eligible to sign with a new team before the March 1 playoff eligibility waiver deadline. This season, Rose, at 29, has appeared in limited action when he was with Cleveland, playing in only 16 games and remaining on the inactive list for more than two months. Before Thursday’s trade deadline, Cleveland made a flurry of moves, including a deal to send Rose to Utah in a three-team trade.
Although injuries have derailed Rose, his career has had some sparkling moments. The first overall pick in the 2008 draft, Rose played his first eight seasons with his hometown Chicago Bulls. Rose became the youngest player in league history to win the MVP award (at 22 years old and five months old). But following his MVP campaign, Rose missed the entire 2012-13 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the first game of the 2012 Eastern Conference postseason.
This season, Sessions, 31, became expendable to the Knicks when the team signed former Wizards point guard Trey Burke. Over his long and winding career, Sessions has played for eight teams, including two separate stops in Milwaukee and Charlotte (once as a Bobcat and last season as a Hornet). During his Washington stint, Sessions played all 82 games in the 2015-16 season and averaged 9.9 points and 2.2 assists.
The Wizards may need help sooner than expected: Both backup point guards had scary incidents during Saturday’s win over the Bulls. Tim Frazier suffered a nasal fracture after colliding with Bobby Portis’ knee, while Tomas Satoransky - amid perhaps his best game as a Wizard - was also sent to the locker room after a midair collision sent him hurling to the floor late in the fourth quarter. Wall is out for six to eight weeks following knee surgery.
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