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Derrick Rose wants ‘to win’ next season; PG ‘would love’ to stay in New York

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New York Knicks star Derrick Rose will be testing the free agency market for the first time since being selected the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. Though he would love to re-sign with the Knicks, the former MVP expressed his intention to play for a winning team next season.

“I would love to stay here,” Rose said of New York. “I love my teammates, I love the coaches, I love the front office. But this will be the first time that I will hit free agency, so I want to take advantage of everything and just see what the free agency system is all about.”

Last summer, the Knicks decided to trade for Derrick Rose with the hope of addressing their backcourt problem. Rose somehow managed to regain his MVP form but failed to show what the Knicks expected from him. With a 31-51 win-loss record, the Knicks will be missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

Derrick Rose re-signing with the Knicks in free agency

In the middle of the 2016-17 NBA season, Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony expressed their intention to stay and win with the Knicks. Anthony can stay until his contract expires since he has a no-trade clause in his contract.

However, the case is different with Rose. The 28-year-old point guard will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Though he wants to re-sign with the Knicks, president Phil Jackson may consider other options and look for a new point guard. The Knicks plan to execute the triangle offense next season may also hinder Rose’s plan to return to New York.

After the All-Star break, the Knicks decided to execute Jackson’s preferred offensive strategy. The system would need a pass-first point guard and not a ball-dominant player like Rose. According to Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, they will evaluate players who will fit in the system by the end of the season.

Derrick Rose hopes to become an NBA champion

Like Anthony, Rose is also dreaming his first NBA championship title. However, with the Knicks planning to undergo a full-scale rebuild and execute the triangle offense, he should consider other options in the upcoming free agency. Rose knows he still has something left in his tank and vows to give his best wherever team he plays next season.

“When I step on the floor, you still have to game-plan for me, and I’m still a threat while I’m on the floor. So with any team that’s looking at me, or who’s ever taken into consideration that I may come to their team, I think they will see that,” Rose said.

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