The New York Knicks tried to move Derrick Rose before the trade deadline but failed to find an interested team. After waiving Brandon Jennings, Knicks president Phil Jackson reportedly plan to release Rose.
The arrival of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings in New York created a false hope that the Knicks could contend for the title this season. So far, they are 24-36 in the 12th spot in the Eastern Conference. With their current performance, it remains questionable if the Knicks could still enter the playoffs.
Knicks waiving Derrick Rose next?
The Knicks didn’t make any significant move before the trade deadline. Instead, they waived Jennings and added young guard Chasson Randle on their team. Frank Isola of New York Daily News revealed that there is a “chatter” around NBA that the Knicks might also release Rose. If the Knicks released the former MVP, it only means that they already give up in contending for the title this season.
Derrick Rose managed to surpass the expectations from him this season since he joined the Knicks. In 51 games, he averaged 17.6 points, 4.4 assists, and four rebounds on 46 percent shooting from the field. However, his poor defense and inconsistent outside shooting proved to be a major concern for the Knicks.
If the reports are true, the Knicks could be planning to undergo a full-scale rebuild. It will not be a surprise if they try to move Carmelo Anthony again in the upcoming offseason and make Kristaps Porzingis as their new franchise player.
Knicks revive the triangle offense
Before the start of the season, Knicks president Phil Jackson urged his team to use the triangle offense. However, with the acquisition of ball-dominant playmakers Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings, coach Jeff Hornacek decided to stick with his face-paced offense.
Hornacek’s strategy showed good results earlier this season but didn’t help the Knicks in the long run. According to Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News, the Knicks plan to use the final months of the season to evaluate the players who will fit in the triangle offense.
“Jeff Hornacek confirmed Tuesday that management is using the remaining months to evaluate who fits the system, which has been re-emphasized as more of a traditional triangle since the All-Star break. Hornacek even made it sound like they were placing players in two different hats: the triangle yays, and the triangle nays,” Bondy reported.
The Knicks’ decision to reimpose the triangle offense could strengthen the speculations that they are really moving on from Derrick Rose. Earlier this season, Rose and Carmelo Anthony already expressed their opposition to the use the triangle offense.
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