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Around the NBA - No. 1 Overall Pick Edition: Derrick Rose Clears Waivers, Markelle Fultz Using VR, Greg Oden Eyes BIG3
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13 Feb 2018 05:52 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Point guard Derrick Rose shoots in the lane with the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Image Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Let’s go around the NBA:

Rose a Free Agent

Former No. 1 overall pick Derrick Rose cleared waivers on Monday and is now a free agent.

There will be suitors but no specific offer forthcoming with the Washington Wizards a potential landing spot as they deal with John Wall’s injury.

As a free agent over the summer, Rose signed a one-year, minimum contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was traded at the deadline to the Utah Jazz in a three-team deal. The Jazz placed Rose on waivers on Saturday.

Coming out of Memphis, Rose was the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, selected by the Chicago Bulls. He was a three-time All-Star and was named the league’s MVP in 2011.

Fultz Turns to Virtual Reality

The Philadelphia 76ers used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to select Markel Fultz and he played in only four games before the club shut down the rookie.

There’s a good chance he will not play again this season. A shoulder injury is part of the reason but so is the fact that Fultz lost his shooting mechanics between the summer league and the start of the NBA season. He appears to have a mental block.

As Fultz rehabs his shoulder, he’s struggled to regain his stroke and 76ers general manager Jerry Colangelo recently called the Washington product’s range, “within the paint.” Ouch.

As you can imagine Philadelphia is open to any and all suggestions. Send in your grandma’s remedy. According to Kyle Neubeck of Fultz is using VR goggles to help him rediscover his shooting mechanics in a game simulation.

Oden to Participate in BIG3 Draft Combine

Selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, Greg Oden had microfracture surgery on his knee before he could ever suit up for a game. The Ohio State product missed his entire rookie season and was never the same.

He played his last game in the NBA in 2014 with the Miami Heat and retired from the league in 2016. Now it appears Oden may not be done playing basketball after all.

No, there’s no NBA comeback in the offing for Oden, who played in just 105 games as a pro. However, he will give Ice Cube’s BIG3, 3-on-3 league, a try. The league is made up of mostly former NBA players and Oden is among those invited to the BIG3 combine.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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