Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Full bloom: Free agent Rose signs deal with Suns
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns added veteran depth,
signing swingman Jalen Rose on Tuesday.
PHOENIX -- As expected, Jalen Rose signed with the
Phoenix Suns on Tuesday and will be in uniform for the team's game at San
Antonio on Wednesday.
Rose, who received a $14.5 million buyout from the New York
Knicks last week, will receive about $1.5 million in his one-year
deal with Phoenix, just over the NBA veteran's minimum.
The 33-year-old guard-forward has averaged 14.7 points per game
in 894 games over 12 NBA seasons. He joins an offensive-minded,
fast-paced team that has struggled to a 1-3 start this season.
Rose had narrowed his choices to Phoenix and Miami, then
announced on his Web site Friday that he decided on the Suns. He
said he wanted to play for a team with a legitimate shot at the NBA
"It's not about personal stats," Rose told reporters on
Monday. "It's not about how much money I can make or people
knowing my name. It's all about being part of a situation like
Rose's arrival could push James Jones out of the rotation. Coach
Mike D'Antoni said he considered Rose a small forward first and a
shooting guard second.
Rose won the NBA's most-improved player award for Indiana in
2000 and averaged at least 20 points a game for three consecutive
seasons, ending in 2003. He has more career points (13,112) than
anyone else on the Phoenix roster and is 22nd among active NBA
players in scoring.
"He's a veteran guy who will add a lot to our team," D'Antoni
said. "He's a very versatile and talented basketball player."
Rose helped Michigan reach the NCAA tournament title game twice before being selected
in the first round, 13th overall, by Denver in 1994.
The Suns are Rose's sixth NBA team. The others are Denver,
Indiana, Chicago, Toronto and New York.