The Knicks gave their rookie point guard some limelight with the media and he spilled some thoughts about Rose. Meanwhile, General Manager Steve Mills and Co are cooking something.
As you all know, Derrick Rose is set to have a meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks.
This will be Rose’s first meeting with a team since free agency started. Due to the fact Rose ended a somewhat solid season with a minor torn minescus, his stock in the offseason went down. Injuries and Rose, name a better duo. Ouch.
Rose’s only option besides the Bucks has to be his former team, the New York Knicks. After his meeting with the Bucks was publicized, Knicks rookie guard had some thoughts of his own.
Former France point guard Frank Ntilikina had some surprising compliments to say about the former MVP.
Frank Ntilikina believes he could ‘learn a lot’ from Derrick Rose if the Knicks re-signed him. “He’s the youngest MVP in NBA history so yeah, I can learn a lot from him,” Ntilikina said. Ntilikina was asked if he’d like Rose back on the roster. “It would be good. He did a lot of things in his career. So I’m sure he’d be good,” Ntilikina said. “But I’m not controlling what management is doing. And I trust management and the coaching staff to do what’s best for the team.
Rose, who really does not receive a lot of praise from others, should be honored that this young player wants to be his back up point guard. Maybe Ntilikina was trying to soften Rose up to sign with the Knicks, but either way, Rose will make a decision that best suits himself.
In order for Rose to sign with the Bucks, Milwaukee would have to shed a lot of bad contracts they agreed to.
One player in particular is Greg Monroe. According to Spotrac, In 2017-18, Monroe will earn a base salary of $17,884,175, while carrying a cap hit of $17,884,175. This means that if they can shed his contract than they will have enough money to sign a good veteran free agent.
Ironically, Milwaukee will reportedly try to get rid of Monroe, who has been on the trading block since last season. Monroe didn’t fit head coach Jason Kidd’s play style AT ALL.
The Knicks want to resign Rose, but according to Ian Begley of ESPN, they would rather sign Rose and get assets from shopping him. Rose seemed like he was locked in on coming back to New York. Unfortunately, the person who wanted Rose is now fired.
Rose is meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks had interest in re-signing him when Phil Jackson was here. The support to re-sign Rose is not as strong at the moment, per league sources. The club, per sources, has considered dealing Rose in a sign-and-trade to gain an asset.
Monroe and other role players would seem like a perfect fit for the Knicks off the bench. All last year, New York had problems with frontcourt scoring off the bench. Monroe could help Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez with his nasty post moves and scoring ability on bigger guards.
This deal would be good for both players, especially Rose. He would only be 90 miles away from home and would be closer to his family in Milwaukee and his Chicagoan friend Jabari Parker is on the Bucks as well.