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May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010 — In an e-mail interview with RealGM, Jalen Rose gave his thoughts about the free-agent topics now dominating the conversation in the NBA.

Much of the chatter of late puts the Bulls as the frontrunner to sign LeBron James and Jalen believes that Derrick Rose and LeBron could successfully coexist on the court.

“Great players and great talents find a way to figure it out,” Jalen said. “Yes, I think they could mesh together on the floor and I’m sure that’s a problem anyone would love to have.”

Jalen believes Derrick is “maturing into one of the top point guards in the game,” and while he sees James as versatile enough to blend his game with a ball-dominant point, he would expect James to be the one with the ball in his hands at the end of games.

But in the final analysis, Jalen would pick Chris Bosh over Rose as the preferred running mate for James.

“I’ll take the inside/outside tandem. Bosh and James would seem to be the better fit especially in today’s game,” Rose said.

In April of this year, James made comments that some construed as a promise to not leave the Cavaliers until he brought a championship to the city of Cleveland. James may therefore be compelled to stay put, Rose says, although he notes that it’s too early to know what will happen this summer.

Rose does know what he would do if he was in Bosh’s or Amar’e Stoudemire’s shoes.

“If I were them, I would wait to see what happens with James and Dwyane Wade before making my decision so I could pair up with one of them and start winning instantly,” Rose said.

In November of 2008, the day the Knicks cleared a large chunk of salary cap room by trading away Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph, Rose said on ESPN that credible sources told him that James and Bosh would sign with the Knicks in 2010.

With the moment of truth only a few weeks away, what is Rose’s current read on whether James and Bosh will go through with what he predicted on the air many months ago?

“I plead the fifth, ha ha ha – stay tuned,” he wrote.

Rose has a long-standing relationship with William Wesley, a member of the now-famous team that forms James’ inner circle.

Via Louis Roxin/RealGM