Anthony Morrow learned quickly that wearing Derrick Rose’s old number as a member of the Chicago Bulls does not go over well.
Morrow opted for the No. 1 jersey after the Oklahoma City Thunder traded him to Chicago on Thursday. That jersey was previously worn by Rose, a former MVP and hometown hero who is still revered in the city. Morrow didn’t play in his first game with the Bulls, but the fans were so vocal about his number choice that he had to make clear on Twitter his plans to change it.
Nooo disrespect to the fans here in chicago! Had I known y'all felt like this about number 1 I swear I wouldn't have chose it. I apologize
— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) February 25, 2017
I'm getting it changed asap. D Rose is my guy always respected him and what he means to the chi! Again I apologize to the fans, love you all
— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) February 25, 2017
It doesn’t matter what Rose says about his old fans in Chicago. They still love him. It might be safe to consider No. 1 unofficially retired for the Bulls.
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.
The Minnesota Timberwolves had a Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose trade to consider at the deadline, but they reportedly backed away.
ESPN’s Marc Stein says Minnesota could have traded Rubio for Rose straight up but declined the deal.
At the finish line, league sources say, New York was prepared to trade Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio straight up. But the Wolves balked.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
Minnesota may have declined a trade for Rose for a few reasons.
Rose is on an expiring contract and will be a free agent after the season, while Rubio is still under contract for two more years. Perhaps they felt keeping Rubio was more worthwhile than having Rose for a few months before potentially losing him in free agency. It’s possible that Rose’s people told the Timberwolves he wouldn’t sign there long-term.
Rubio is averaging 8.9 points and 8.4 assists per game this season.
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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.
Trade rumors continue to intensify around New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose, and he says he’s ready for whatever will happen in the next day or two.
Rose has been most prominently linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he hadn’t heard anything about it, but he was ready in the event that he is moved.
“You never know what’s going to happen. You’ve got to be a professional about it,” Rose said, via Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News. “Whatever it is, I’ll be prepared.”
Rose doesn’t want to leave New York, but with the team sitting at 23-34 and his contract set to expire at season’s end, he understands the reality of the situation.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re on the trading block,” Rose said. “I love it (here). But it’s not up to me. It’s up to the front office. I don’t have a problem with the coaching staff. I don’t have a problem with my teammates.
“I’m just going with the flow, man. You’ve just got to go with it; not even think about it. The only thing I can control is the way that I’m playing, my performance and just trying to keep guys together. Other than that, everything else is out of my control.”
Indications are that Rose is very much available, and he has been prominently linked to Minnesota in a possible swap for Ricky Rubio. It may not happen, but you get the sense the Knicks would like to ship Rose off before Thursday’s trade deadline.
The New York Knicks limped their way into the All-Star break and appear destined to miss the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season, and there is some speculation that their poor play could lead to a fire sale at the trade deadline. If they do decide to rebuild, trading Derrick Rose would make sense.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Knicks have made Rose “completely available” in advance of Thursday’s deadline. That does not mean a deal involving the star point guard is likely, however.
The problem is that he’s owed so much as a salary cap charge, moving him would be hard. There have been more than a few insiders that wonder if the Knicks would take on some salary in exchange for moving Rose as a mechanism to obtain a player they maybe missed out on signing. However, Knicks sources said they covet the flexibility more than any of the players the Knicks could obtain at the deadline. It’s not out of the question that Rose is ultimately moved, but it’s not viewed as very probable.
Rose is averaging 17.7 points and 4.5 assists per game this season. He is set to become a free agent this summer, though he claims money is no longer his biggest motivator.
Ian Begley of ESPN.com reported on Monday that the Minnesota Timberwolves are one of several teams to reach out to the Knicks about Rose. T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau coached Rose for seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls.
Ultimately, Rose’s fate with the Knicks could rest in the hands of Carmelo Anthony. We all know Phil Jackson would like to trade Anthony, but Carmelo has a full no-trade clause and the latest we have heard about him makes a deal sound unlikely. If the Knicks can’t move Anthony, they may hold onto Rose to see what happens down the stretch.
As Phil Jackson decides how he wants to go about things with the New York Knicks, other teams are watching with interest in the event he decides to sell.
Case in point is the fact that, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, several teams view Knicks point guard Derrick Rose as a potential trade chip.
The Knicks sit four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, having gone just 7-21 in their last 28 games. Wednesday night, they blew a 17-point lead to the Oklahoma City Thunder, leaving one East scout to remark that “this team looks like it’s quitting.”
Rose will definitely attract interest. He’s a free agent at season’s end, so there wouldn’t be a long-term commitment involved. He’s not the player he once was and is still dogged by questions about his defense, but his skill as a lane penetrator is still highly-regarded.
Rose knows he’d be on the block if the Knicks decide to rebuild. Jackson will have to make up his mind within the next week.