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Monday, June 26, 2017

Derrick Rose

Report: Derrick Rose likely to get $10-12 million per year in free agency

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose is coming off yet another significant knee injury, and the former NBA MVP could end up being a bargain in free agency because of it.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that Rose, who recently underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus, is expected to earn no more than $12 million per year with his next contract and could only make $10 million. That would be just slightly above the $8.5 million mid-level exception.

Rose made $21 million with the New York Knicks last season, so his salary is likely going to be cut in half going forward. While it’s impossible to predict whether or not he will remain healthy, Rose is still just 28. His talent and game-changing ability are undeniable, so there will likely be at least a handful of teams that are willing to give him a shot.

While he has expressed a desire to remain with the Knicks and reportedly impressed Phil Jackson in his exit interview, Rose could also be courted by the Timberwolves. Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached Rose for six seasons in Chicago, was close to acquiring his former point guard in a trade deadline deal last season that included Ricky Rubio.

Rubio went on to have a great second half of the season, and T-Wolves GM Scott Layden recently indicated the team has no plans to shop him around this summer. However, Minnesota is expected to have around $18 million in salary cap space this offseason. Using $10 million of it on Rose may be something that interests Thibodeau.

It’s somewhat surprising that Rose wants to stay with the Knicks given what he said about Jackson’s system, but the three-time All-Star knows he is not exactly in a position of strength. He’s wise to keep all options open.

Spurs reportedly have ‘strong interest’ in Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

The San Antonio Spurs are exploring the possibility of trading certain players, and speculation has been that they are looking to clear salary cap space to pursue Chris Paul. If that doesn’t work out, what about Derrick Rose?

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that the Spurs have “strong interest” in both Paul and Rose.

While much younger, Rose would be considerably cheaper than Paul. The former NBA MVP suffered yet another serious knee injury last season and has not played more than 66 games in a year since the 2010-2011 season.

Rose may end up being a more realistic option. The Los Angeles Clippers can offer Paul a max contract worth $205 million over five years, and other teams like the Spurs can offer no more than a four-year, $153 million deal. Unless the Clippers completely blow up their roster, the most likely scenario is that Paul will sign an extension.

Rose, on the other hand, made some comments a few months back that imply he would love to join a team like the Spurs. If the money won’t work with Paul, Rose could be a low-risk, high-reward signing for San Antonio.

Derrick Rose explains why he attended Bulls playoff game

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Derrick Rose was a surprise attendee at Game 4 of the Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics playoff series, and he explained why on Sunday.

Rose took his son P.J. to the game and said he just wanted to show him a good time — and experience a playoff atmosphere, which he hasn’t done as a player since 2015.

“If I was by myself, it might be a little bit weird. But I’m with him,” Rose said via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, while gesturing to his son. “He makes it a lot easier. I look at it all that happened in the past. The memories will always be there. My heart is still here when I visit. I just love basketball, so I had to watch.

“I just wanted to show him a good time. That was it. It seemed like a good series and I just wanted to be around a playoff atmosphere.”

Rose got a warm reception in Chicago, where he remains quite popular. Sure, it looks a bit weird, but at the end of the day, Rose is attending a playoff game in his hometown with his son.

Report: Derrick Rose has torn meniscus, out for season

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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose will reportedly not play again this season due to a torn meniscus.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the story Sunday. There is no word on the severity of the tear or how long he’d need for recovery.

Rose will end what is likely to be his only season in New York by playing 64 games and averaging 18 points and 4.4 assists per contest.

Given Rose’s long history of knee issues, this isn’t good news for him with free agency looming. If he hadn’t done so already, he can pretty much forget about making these sorts of demands once he hits the open market.

Derrick Rose: Winning more important than money in free agency decision

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Derrick Rose might not just follow the cash in free agency this summer.

Addressing the media before Thursday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the New York Knicks point guard said that winning will be a bigger priority than money when he chooses which team to sign with this offseason.

“Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right,” said the former MVP, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. “I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I’m at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I’m not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I’m asking for. I want to win.”

Of course, a report from just a couple of months ago seemed to imply the exact opposite about the 28-year-old Rose, who is averaging 17.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game this season. But free agent suitors likely won’t be lining up to max Rose, especially given his inefficient one-way play.

That said, Rose at a reasonable price point could be quite enticing to many a playoff team. Perhaps this allegedly interested party would be able to provide the right blend of money and contention prospects for the three-time All-Star.

Derrick Rose: Knicks’ disappointing season has been ‘messed up’

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The New York Knicks’ season has not gone the way Derrick Rose envisioned.

The Knicks are now 27-41 and basically out of the playoff picture, which has left Rose rather astonished.

“I didn’t care about my stats,” Rose said, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “It was the fact I was coming to a new team, having a huge opportunity in front of me to come here and try to spark something. It’s messed up that it’s gone the way that it’s gone.”

Rose started the season by dubbing the Knicks a “super team.” That obviously was not prescient. They have been less than the sum of their parts, and even the sum of their parts wouldn’t have been as good as Rose thought they would be.

Jeff Hornacek willing to sit Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony in favor of young players

At 26-38 on the year and 12th in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks have been forced to do some soul-searching. But fortunately, head coach Jeff Hornacek may have found his zen.

The Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic by the final of 113-105 on Monday in a game that saw Derrick Rose benched for the entire fourth quarter in favor of rookie guard Chasson Randle. Carmelo Anthony also sat out Monday’s game with knee soreness and was noticeably absent for an over nine-minute stretch in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors the day before.

After the win over Orlando, Hornacek indicated a willingness to keep playing his younger guys over his veterans in certain situations.

“Some nights that’s going to happen,” said Hornacek, per Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “They enjoyed playing together. They moved the ball and didn’t try to do too much. The other guys stepped up.”

Anthony and Rose are two of the team’s three leading scorers this season (along with 21-year-old Kristaps Porzingis). But they do have a tendency to strangle ball movement and take the entire offense hostage as they jab step and go off the dribble. For Hornacek, who’s had his fair share of frustrations with the duo over the course of the year, a more invigorated youth movement could help him find some meaning in the final month of this lost season.

H/T NBA Reddit

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