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Report: Derrick Rose and Milwaukee Bucks don't meet despite mutual interest

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After a mediocre season with the New York Knicks, Derrick Rose is arguably the biggest free agent on the market that still isn't signed with an NBA team.

The 2011 NBA MVP played with the Knicks last season after playing for the Chicago Bulls for seven seasons prior. He averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds a game during 2016-17 but is nowhere close to signing to a new team for the 2017-18 season.

ESPN.com's Chris Haynes did report though on Thursday that the Milwaukee Bucks and Rose had planned to meet in Los Angeles over this weekend, with the two having discussions when the free-agency period opened earlier this summer.

However, according to a report by Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the Bucks have not been able to schedule a meeting with the free agent point guard.

The team has made zero free agent acquisitions this summer, and with this report, it doesn't appear that they'll be adding anyone anytime soon.

Potentially, the reason why the meeting between the Bucks and Rose didn't take place was due to the fact that the point guard situation at the team is pretty solid already, with Malcolm Brogdon coming off the Rookie of the Year award, with Matthew Dellavedova as back up.  

Signing Rose could ultimately mean that one of either Dellavedova or Brogdon will be let go by the team in order to make room for his contract. At the very least if the Bucks do sign the former Bulls star, they'll have to get rid of some contracts to accommodate him.

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According to Haynes, money is an issue between Milwaukee and the 2011 MVP. The team would only be able to use $4.4 million of their $7.6 million mid-level exception to pay the former New York Knick before they hit the NBA's hard salary cap.

For the time being then, it looks like Rose is remaining a free agent, but as we edge closer and closer towards the season, a team is bound to come in and sign the 2011 MVP, as he is arguably the top free agent remaining on the board.

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