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Report: Knicks making 2 interesting players unavailable for trade

Tom Thibodeau looking on

Jan 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks would do anything for a ring … but they won’t do that.

Tony Jones of The Athletic reported on Saturday that the Knicks want to hang onto both Derrick Rose and Quentin Grimes in trade talks. Jones further describes those two players as “priorities” for the Knicks.

If Rose and Grimes are indeed untouchable, it is probably for two vastly different reasons. Rose will turn 34 in a couple of months but is a highly-esteemed veteran who is a favorite of head coach Tom Thibodeau (having played for Thibodeau in New York, Chicago, and Minnesota). For Grimes though, he is an upside player at 22 who flashed strong 3-and-D potential during his rookie season last year.

At least one of those guys has been requested by an opposing team in the Knicks’ ongoing trade talks, which may partially explain why nothing has materialized yet. New York still has a wealth of assets to offer (such as RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin, and others), but both Rose and Grimes appear to be firmly off the pu pu platter.

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