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.
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.
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.
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The Knicks explored trade possibilities for Derrick Rose at the deadline last week, but nothing came to fruition. That doesn’t mean he has a future with the team beyond this season, and Rose’s tenure in New York could end even sooner than that.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, there have been rumblings around the NBA that the Knicks could release Rose as Phil Jackson tries to find players who would be more receptive to the triangle offense.
Lot of chatter around NBA that the Knicks might also release Derrick Rose. Would Phil really do that? Clearly, he's not afraid to be fired.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 27, 2017
One theory as to why Phil wants younger players….they'd be more receptive to learning the triangle. Lord help us.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 27, 2017
On paper, it looked like Jackson made a number of offseason moves last year that would improve the Knicks. However, his offensive system is not popular among the current members of the team, and that includes Rose.
As trade rumors swirled last week, Rose almost seemed to be challenging the Knicks to trade him with the comments he made about the triangle offense. Like many others, he has openly admitted he is not a fan of the scheme, though that isn’t stopping Jackson from sticking with it.
We all know Jackson wants to trade Carmelo Anthony, and the Knicks president was close to sending Rose to the Minnesota Timberwolves last week. Then on Monday, veteran guard Brandon Jennings was released. He was said to be unhappy with the triangle offense, too.
If Jackson does remain with the Knicks next season, he seems intent on blowing the team up and starting from scratch.
Derrick Rose is still hoping to stay with the New York Knicks.
The point guard said Friday that he has no interest in asking for a buyout and still wishes to sign an extension with New York, despite rumors indicating that the team tried to trade him before Thursday’s deadline.
“I hope so — they didn’t trade me,” Rose said, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “That’s a good sign. My job is to come in and get better every day. You have to ask Steve [Mills, Knicks general manager] about that. If you ask me, I’ll probably sign me for a couple of more years.”
Rose apparently wasn’t bothered by all those trade rumors.
“I didn’t talk about any of that,” Rose said. “I’m professional about the situation. No grudges. No hard feelings about what was going on — if I was on the trade block. I want to be here. That’s how I feel. He told me I was all right.”
The Knicks were reportedly prepared to trade Rose away on Thursday before the other team backed out. That probably doesn’t bode well if he wants them to keep him.
With the way Derrick Rose has spoken about his current situation this week, you have to wonder if he is hoping the New York Knicks will move him before the NBA trade deadline.
As rumors swirled linking him to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rose told reporters on Thursday that he is “prepared” for whatever decision the Knicks make. He was then asked about Phil Jackson’s infamous triangle offense that has frustrated so many in New York this season, and Rose made it seem like he is unhappy with it.
“It’s a different offense,” he said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “As a point guard, you’re always in the corner and just got to play off reads and play that way. It’s new for everybody here. I get all my points off random baskets. Unless you see it go to the post, all the other stuff is just random basketball.”
Rose is averaging 17.7 points per game this season, which is a slight improvement on the 16.6 he averaged with the Chicago Bulls last season. It’s hard to believe all of those points have been “random,” but it’s clear he doesn’t like the offense he is currently being asked to run.
As for the T-Wolves rumors, Berman was told former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who coaches in Minnesota now, would like to have Rose back in his system to show younger players how to successfully run the pick-and-roll. While Thibodeau reportedly likes Ricky Rubio, he wants more of a scoring guard.
Rose doesn’t sound like he would be disappointed in a reunion with his former coach.
“Great coach – I haven’t had the time to think about the opportunity to play there,” he said of Thibodeau. “I’m here. We have a game today. He was a great guy, great coach. Learned a lot from him and won a lot when we were together.”
There were reports early in the season that Rose did not feel the Knicks had the right players to run the triangle offense, and it sounds like those issues have not been addressed. For what it’s worth, he’s not the only one who has thrown shade at Jackson’s system this year.
The New York Knicks may end up keeping Carmelo Anthony through the trade deadline on Thursday, but that does not mean they are giving up on making a noteworthy deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the Knicks have “significant” interest in acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio.
Minnesota's Ricky Rubio remains a significant target for the Knicks today, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
There have been reports that the T-Wolves are interested in Derrick Rose, which makes sense since Rose played for Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau for several seasons with the Chicago Bulls. ESPN’s Marc Stein says the holdup is the Knicks want more from the Timberwolves in any potential Rubio-Rose trade.
The Knicks, sources say, are pushing for an additional piece from Minnesota in the Rubio/DRose talks and that's been the holdup this week.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
Rose has said he is prepared for the Knicks to move him, and some comments Rubio made recently indicate he would not be heartbroken if Minnesota trades him. Knicks president Phil Jackson is said to be a fan of Rubio, so perhaps swapping Rose, who will be a free agent after the season, for Rubio, who is signed through 2019 at a salary of $14 million annually, would make sense.