4. Derrick Rose
The Grizzlies targeted D-Rose this summer and were willing to give him a guaranteed two-year contract to land him. The 35-year-old was primarily on the outside of the Knicks rotation last season, but Memphis needed a point guard with Morant out. The front office believed the former MVP could make an impact.
The franchise already regrets the signing. Rose is a legend in the city after playing his college basketball for the Tigers and leading them to the NCAA Finals in 2008. Still, the veteran point guard is no longer an impactful NBA rotation player.
He shot just 32.4 percent from the field on 9.3 attempts per game and can no longer stay in front of his man on defense. Memphis had a negative-16 net rating with D-Rose on the floor for the first four games. He developed knee soreness after that and was ruled out for multiple weeks.
Derrick Rose’s NBA stock has faded and there appears to be little hope left. The injuries have caught up with him. Credit to Rose for winning MVP and having a strong second act as the sixth man. Hopefully, he can provide some leadership, but appears best suited to be outside the nightly rotation at this point in his career.