Derrick Rose will be entering the free agency market for the first time since being selected the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. Though he expressed his intention to re-sign, it remains questionable if the New York Knicks are still interested in bringing him back, especially with their plan to fully execute the triangle offense next season.
Last summer, Knicks president Phil Jackson decided to trade for Derrick Rose to address their backcourt problems. Rose managed to regain his MVP form in his first season with the Knicks, averaging 18 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, his performance isn’t enough to help the Knicks enter the playoffs.
Phil Jackson not ruling out re-signing Derrick Rose
With their eyes focused in the upcoming offseason, the Knicks will need to decide if they will re-sign Derrick Rose or look for another point guard in the market. According to New York Daily News, the “Zen Master” isn’t ruling out bringing Rose back on their team.
“(Rose) expressed that he wants to be back,” Jackson said recently. “We talked about him going through rehab and work and whatever he has to do. And he’s chosen to go back to Chicago to do that. He’ll also be in L.A. but he also took the time out to say he really he enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course suprises us because he’s been on some very successful teams 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.”
However, Jackson reportedly sees Rose as a two-guard rather than a point guard. With their plan to use the triangle offense, they obviously need a pass-first point guard and not a ball-dominant player like Rose.
Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague eyed as Derrick Rose’s replacement
During his season-ending press conference last month, Jackson revealed their offseason plan and what should be expected from him next season. These include trading Carmelo Anthony this summer and his plan to be more hands-on with coaches and players. In addition to his offseason plan, Jackson also wants to keep some of the Knicks’ “young free agents” on the roster.
Despite his statement about Rose’s return, Jackson didn’t include him in the list of players he wants to re-sign in free agency. Rob Baker, Chasson Randle, and Willy Hernangomez are on Jackson’s list and called them the players who play the style he prefers.
With the potential departure of Rose, the Knicks are expected to look for his replacement in the upcoming draft, free agency or trade market. In the past months, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans and Jeff Teague of the Indiana Pacers have been frequently linked to the Knicks.
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