Source: Rose is interested in two teams. One of them actually makes the most sense, especially in his desire to reach the playoffs. Joshua Vinson of 1340AM Fox Sports and I collaborated on this article.
After acquiring the former MVP point guard a year ago in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, Knicks president Phil Jackson has not committed to Derrick Rose and may let him walk in free agency.
Rose is coming off surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the 2008 NO1. Overall pick. The injury occurred in early April; Rose is currently rehabbing the knee.
The Knicks traded for Rose, who was once a dominant player in this league for Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez. Although Grant and Lopez were young pieces to the team, Rose was a primary need in team president Phil Jackson eyes. Jackson wanted to get Carmelo Anthony more help on the offensive end, and that’s exactly what Rose gave the Knicks.
His 2016 — 17 campaign was impressive, being that he was playing in a system that didn’t complement his style of play — the triangle offense.
Running the triangle offense could have been problematic for Rose; however, he thrived well playing in the triangle the second half of the season. Post all-star break, New York ran the triangle exclusively in games than the first half of the season and Rose
outperformed Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony. (Picture to the Right: Stats for the second half of the season).
Despite playing in the triangle offense, Rose silenced the critiques by proving that he can score in any offensive scheme. Averaging 18.1 points, while shooting 47.1% from the field, as well as posting 4.4 assists a game, Rose showed that he could produce at the point guard position.
The former MVP was playing himself to a legitimate resume for the opposing teams, who needed a point guard next season. However, Rose ended his season with a torn meniscus, which led to many concerns about his durability.
When the Knicks traded for Derrick Rose, they knew he was a defensive liability, but his offensive approach blinded them. Phil Jackson still believed Rose could play at the level that he once showed in his early career. Some experts thought Jackson made the right decision to trade for Rose, but not extending his contract was the right thing to do, according to a source with knowledge of this information.
Allowing Rose to run freely in the offseason can ensure that he would not return to New York, because the Knicks are rebuilding and is at peace with losing. Rose is not a good fit with the Knickerbockers.
As free agency season is fastly approaching, trying to find out where Rose will end up is a daunting task. For starters, there are a few things to consider: family, location, money. In that order. It’s well documented that Rose loves his family and wants to be involved in his son, PJ’s growth and development. His family lives in Chicagoland, so being far away from New York could be hard on Rose.
So with family in mind, being in a market like Milwaukee could be ideal. Despite being the largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee is an extension of the Chicago metropolitan area. Easily accessible by car or rail.
Rose would be close to family, not far from home, and if the money is right; he can keep his lifestyle on a budding team under head coach Jason Kidd.
However, Rose loves New York City and even mentioned he wouldn’t mind making the Big Apple home after basketball. In addition, he believes that the team can turn things around. So despite being far away from home, he could resign in New York and be content. His biggest issue has always been not winning. Perhaps the Knicks could change the culture by making moves this offseason and building a winning team.
Earlier in the season, Rose told Ian Begley of ESPN, that he’s not focused on money, he just wants to win.
Rose on offseason:
“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 №1 thing I’m asking for. I want to win.”
Entering free agency for the first time in his eight-year career, Rose will have some obstacles to overcome, such as proving his durability.
After suffering a late year meniscus tear, Rose will have difficulty pursuing the massive payday; he could have gotten from the Knicks.
Despite overpaying for players in the past, the Knicks appear unlikely to resign Rose, given the plethora of point guards entering the NBA draft.
The Knicks can expect Rose to depart via free agency.
Rose is interested in “two teams” this summer. Both teams are playoff contenders, according to sources.
According to the source, through via text messages, he said, “I hope Rose can stay healthy and succeeds wherever he goes.” The source continued by saying, “Rose likes the Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs a lot, he is interested in both teams.”
Looking at both team rosters, Rose would fit perfectly in their starting lineup.
The Bucks, who exited the playoffs in the first round, needs to address their starting point guard issue.
Milwaukee currently has a Sophmore point guard name Malcolm Brogdon, who had a productive rookie season. Brogdon has emerged as a playmaking guard, but the problem issue is that he’s only a rookie.
He’s only a rookie heading into his Sophmore season, but his first playoff appearance was not a pleasant watch. Brogdon put up pedestrian numbers in the playoffs, averaging 9 points per game on 40 percent shooting with 3.3 assists.
The Bucks could use an extra hand on the offensive side like Rose, who has previous playoff experience. Rose would take some load off of Giannis Antetokoumpo hands, who’s also new to the playoff atmosphere.
Having Rose on the roster heading into the playoffs would be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Bucks offense. Rose is averaging 23.7 points, 7.1 assist, and 4.8 rebounds in five playoffs seasons.
The chemistry would instantly be there for Rose if Milwaukee can offer him the right contract. The Bucks power forward Jabari Parker grew up in Chicago just like Rose and both players went to the same high school.
According to Nick Fridell of ESPN, Rose, first encountered Parker when he was a freshman at Simeon high school.
“He was still at grammar school,” Rose said. “He came up to the school, but he wasn’t able to play with us at the time because I think I was on the sophomore team. My sophomore year, that’s when he came and started playing with us.”
Parker told Tom Pipens of Fox6Now News when Rose was in the NBA; he idolized him.
“I grew up idolizing him. He showed me respect,” Parker said about Rose.
Rose and Parker have been knowing each other for over a decade now and shared the same coaches from high school. However, both players are injury prone, but adding Rose to the roster can put fear into opponents eyes.
After Tony Parker had ruptured his quadriceps tendon in his left leg, San Antonio knew that they needed to focus on the future. The Spurs are in need of signing a point guard in the offseason.
Bearing all of this in mind, perhaps Rose could end up in a place like San Antonio. Yes, it’s far from home and isn’t comparable to New York City’s media market. Yet, this place has a winning culture. Prior to the rise of Golden State, it was the Spurs that found themselves in the NBA Finals. Even this year that had a good shot at making it to the championship round. Adding Rose could ensure taking some of the load of Kawhi Leonards shoulder.
Rose compliments the Spurs offensive style. Rose has a Pick-N-ROLL style of play with whatever big man you put around Rose, who can score in the paint, he will thrive in those situations. Prime example: LaMarcus Aldrige. Rose can distribute from penetrating to the basket, while DRose attacking the basket, he can throw it out to the three point shooters. Rose is a great finisher around the baskets that resembles the late Parker.
With aging point guards, the question is will Rose be something that Pop would like to bring in. He would play starting point guard, pending on whether Tony Parker stays or not. Also, he will have a real shot at winning a championship with the Spurs.
As far as family goes, just like he did in New York; Rose could send for his family and friends to be around him.