New York Knicks‘ starting point guard Derrick Rose will hit the free agency market in July as an unrestricted free agent. The 28-year-old just wrapped up his best season since the 2011/12 season; averaging 18.0 points, 4.4 assists, while shooting 47.1-percent from the field.
Rose has been in the league for nine seasons now and spent eight of them with his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, before being traded to New York during the last offseason. While he was with the Bulls he was coached by Tom Thibodeau who now coaches the young Minnesota Timberwolves who are in need of a point guard.
Minnesota expressed that Rose was a potential free agent target for them. Rose and Thibodeau had a good relationship back in Chicago and we should not be surprised if they reunite again. At the trade deadline this February there were rumors that headlined Derrick Rose to Minnesota and Ricky Rubio to New York.
The Timberwolves are interested in free agent PG Derrick Rose. (via ESPN)
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Rose has also said that he prioritizes winning over money, making the San Antonio Spurs rumor a sensible murmur.
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“Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right,” Rose told reporters in Utah on Wednesday night. “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.” Via (Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer)
Tony Parker could be done after his potential career ending injury he suffered in round two of the Spurs vs Houston Rockets playoffs series. They could use another veteran to help develop some of their younger players.
The 2011 MVP and his agent have also said they would be willing to re-sign with the Knicks. New York had another rough season finishing 31-51 and missing out on the playoffs. Knicks’ president Phil Jackson was surprised to see Rose considering re-signing after this bad season.
“He enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course surprises us because he’s been on some very successful teams,” Jackson said. “But he wants to redeem himself as a player. Which I like that attitude. I like who Derrick represents as himself. He’s very direct about taking on a big challenge.” Via (Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer)
Wherever Rose ends up he will be able to contribute if he can stay healthy. His health has been the driving point holding him back. One full injury-free season and he could shock a lot of people.