Here’s our team-by-team analysis of the major and minor deals in the fourth week of NBA free agency.
All deals listed alphabetically by team.
1.?Agreed to a one-year, minimum deal with guard Derrick Rose
A year after lumping his new team, the New York Knicks, in with the league’s super teams, Rose is headed to a legitimate NBA power. (Though not, according to LeBron James, a “super team.”) As his minimum salary implies, Rose isn’t really part of that core. It’s unclear exactly what role Rose will play, since that depends what the Cavaliers can get for Kyrie Irving — assuming they in fact honor his trade request — but there’s reason to believe Rose can help Cleveland, although also cause for concern about the fit.
In the midst of a disappointing season for the Knicks, Rose made 48.7 percent of his 2-point attempts last season, a better percentage than he shot during his 2010-11 MVP campaign. His shot distribution was the most efficient of his career. Rose attempted a career-high 41.1 percent of his shots inside 3 feet, per Basketball-Reference.com. He also cut way back on his inaccurate 3-point attempts, taking just 6.1 percent of his shots beyond the arc, his lowest mark since 2009-10.
In particular — avert your eyes, Phil Jackson — Rose thrived in New York’s pick-and-roll game. His 46.2 percent shooting as a pick-and-roll ballhandler ranked ninth among players with at least 250 such attempts, per Synergy Sports tracking on NBA.com/Stats, just barely behind Irving’s 46.7 percent shooting in such situations. (Irving shot a much higher effective field-goal percentage because he was more likely to shoot 3s out of pick-and-roll plays.)
Part of Rose’s success can probably be traced to the floor spacing provided by Kristaps Porzingis as either a threat to pop to the 3-point line in the pick-and-roll game or on the weak side when Rose used a different pick-and-roll partner. According to NBA.com/Stats, Rose shot 50.4 percent…